A pair of bald eagles joined the Arconic Davenport community in Iowa in 2009. They built their 7-foot nest on our 400-acre facility in a tree near the Mississippi River. In the spring of 2010 they fledged a pair of eaglets and later that year we installed our first Eaglecam. Employees and the community helped name the eagle pair Liberty and Justice. Since the spring of 2010, Liberty and Justice have fledged eleven eaglets from this nest.
Since the camera was installed nearly 30 million visitors from around the world have tuned in to witness an American icon, the bald eagle, developing live within this unique eco-system. In the fall and winter the eagles use the nest to eat and prepare the nest for the next season. Eagles nesting in Iowa typically lay eggs in mid-late February and the eggs hatch in mid-late March. The eaglets grow quickly and are ready to fly “fledge” in late May or early June. Arconic is proud that our unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability is helping conserve our precious natural resources.
Here is your chance to win one of our white-chocolate eagle eggs. Send a self addressed and stamped envelope to:
Arconic - Attention Marguerite Tomlin
P.O. Box 3567
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
Once received, we will send you a sheet of the Arconic EagleCam under-eye blackouts. You then need to tweet a picture of you wearing them to #arconiceaglecam and to either #teamliberty or #teamjustice At the end of February we will pick five of our favorite viewer pictures and award each of them with one of the eggs. If you are not on twitter, e-mail the picture to email@example.com
Now for an update from today. Both Liberty & Justice were in the nest for a while this morning. It was good to see them both working on the nest. Star and Sky are still in about the same spots. Finally got the replacement part for the audio system. Hoping to get it installed in the next few days.
We have the chance of an ice storm this weekend. Right now it looks like the worst will be south of us, but storm-tracks can certainly shift when you least expect it. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth last weekend at Bald Eagle Days. Our Arconic team had a great time meeting you and talking about the EagleCam. Watch this site next week for you chance to win a white-chocolate eagle egg. In the meantime, both Star and Sky did check in today. Both are in about the same places they have been for the last month. Charts are below.
Bald Eagle Days is this weekend in the Quad Cities. It is held at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island from 4-8pm on Friday, 10am-8pm on Saturday and from 10am-5pm on Sunday. Stop by the Arconic booth and chat with our people, pick up a freebie or two and guess how many eggs will be laid this year. You can also stop and visit with the folks from the US Fish & Wildlife Service at their booth. They will be presenting information on the Midwest Bald Eagle Migration Study that Star & Sky are participating in. Speaking of our two babies from last year, below are tracking maps from today. Sky is now east of St. Louis and Star continues to hang out a few miles north and west of the nest near McCausland, Iowa.
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Happy New Year to all of our eagle watchers around the world. Great to see hatching in Florida. We are about six weeks or so away from egg laying in the nest at Arconic EagleCam. Both Liberty and Justice stopped by the nest for a while this morning (see picture) and both Sky and Star checked in today although I could only get a map for Star who is still just a few miles north of the nest. If you are in town next weekend stop by the Arconic booth at Bald Eagle Days and say hi. We also have some fun give-a-ways. Also stop by the USF&W booth to learn more about the Midwest eagle tracking project.
I know everyone is hopping Star makes a return trip to the nest. I can tell you that as of 1pm today she is still a little north of the metro area. You will see in the tracking map that she is up around McCausland and still along the Wapsipinicon River. For those of you wondering...Sky has not checked in for about 6 days or so. His battery level was very low the last time he did check in. I don't see any indication he would be moving north. He seems to have settled in-in south-central Illinois near Centralia.
i wanted to share the tracking info from today for Star. As of about noon today she was between DeWitt and LeClaire, Iowa. She is probably within about 10 miles of the nest. Today she was hanging out along the Wapsipinicon River that feeds into the Mississippi. Sky has not checked in for a few days now. His transmitter battery was very low the last time he checked in.
After nearly four weeks without seeing anything from Star, she has checked in, moved back along the Mississippi River and is now in, Dubuque, Iowa. Her tracking chart shows quite a bit of travel. I'm not sure how much of it was in the last 24 hours, but she clearly has found her way back to the open waters along the lock and dam system. Sky has moved a bit. His battery level is low and had not checked in for about four days until today. It was also great to see one of our parents in the nest this morning eating some sort of bird.
Winter has definitely arrived for Liberty & Justice. We are seeing them almost every day for at least a little while. It looks like they have the nest pretty well prepared for the nesting season. Obviously they will continue to work on it especially each time we get snow and they have to get the bowl area cleared out. Below is a picture of the two from this morning. I have also attached an update on Sky's position in south-central Illinois. We still have not seen any new data from Star in almost three weeks. I can tell you that even in southern Illinois, Sky's battery level is getting very low and I would not be surprised to see his data disappear from time to time. Hopefully Star will check in again at some point, but it might not be soon.