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.
It is a hot day today and will be through most of the upcoming weekend. Today all five of our eagles have checked in. Sky is still hanging out near that large landfill just south of the west finger of Lake Superior, Sky has moved north a ways from the city of Green Bay and Mercury, Gemini and Apollo continue to stretch out along the boundaries of our property and the Mississippi River. I expect to see this year's group head out on there own by the end of this month.
Not sure why folks could not comment since yesterday morning, but it appears to be working again. Below are tracking maps from yesterday afternoon for the previous 24-hours. Star has moved all the way east in Wisconsin back over to the Green Bay area...as a Chicago Bears fan this is very troubling to me. You will see this year's group continues to stay generally near the nest.
Even though you do not see the three kids too much during the day, they are not too far away at any point. However, we are reaching a point where they will begin to test those boundaries. In a few weeks they will be ready to venture out on their own. After the maps below of the three kids are maps of Star and Sky. Star is the most active moving east from her last location. Sky seems to like it just south of Lake Superior and not too far from that quarry area he has been near for the last week or so.
Here are the most recent maps for all five. We have now added some new items to the Arconic EagleCam store as well.
Both Star & Sky have checked in. Star is a ways north of Duluth, Minnesota and Sky appears to be near a quarry of some kind just south of the southwest finger of Lake Superior. Sky's battery continues to show a very low charge level and I'm sure will continue to report in on only a sporadic basis. Today is the first time one of this year's eaglets has shown a tracking map that actually crossed the Mississippi River into Illinois. Apollo and Gemini are getting to the outer stretches of our property, but Mercury actually flew across most of East Moline nearly to the Rock River and back to the nest. It will be just a few weeks and they will be ready to head out and create their own futures.
Star has looped around the western edge of Lake Superior and is now a bit north of Duluth, Minnesota. It will be interesting to see what she does the rest of the summer. I finally got a single ping from Sky over the weekend. I could not get it to plot on the regular Google Earth map, but it does plot out a spot on my Google Maps program. His battery still reads very low. I wish he would sit for a day with his back facing the sun...Is that too much to ask for? Sky appears to be along a small river or stream south of Ashland, Wisconsin.
It looks like our final eaglet has indeed fledged today. I'm not sure how far she went, but I just came back from the nest site and I am confident our third one did make the leap this afternoon. I'm not sure she went too far, but I am certain she made at least a short trip around the block. While I was there I did see all three of the eaglets. Below you will see a couple of pictures of them flying this afternoon and the one I believe is Apollo back from her trip and hanging out behind and below the camera. Also at the bottom you will see a map for Star. She is still up along a lake south of Lake Superior. No report from Sky for about 9 days now.
Very exciting times at the Arconic EagleCam nest. Two of the eaglets have fledged and I am sure the third will not be far behind. Below are the tracking maps for all three from yesterday afternoon until this afternoon. First one you see is Gemini, second one is Apollo and the third one is Mercury.
If you were just going to base who is flying on this data you would say that Apollo and Mercury have fledged and Gemini will be the third. However, as I have mentioned a couple of times the "resolution" of the data is not quite as good as you would like and especially when they are in the trees and under the leaf coverage.
Unless we are able to get a good shot of the leg band on the last one in the nest we may never know for sure. Have fun speculating about who has fledged...but please do not argue about it. There is no way to be 100% certain about this. Just enjoy watching them prepare to head out.
At the very bottom I have two maps from Star...she is east of Duluth and at a small lake just south of Lake Superior. Sky has not checked in for about 5 days now. His battery was very low the last time he did check in and Star's battery is getting low too. As a reminder, it is not unusual for them to lose contact for weeks at a time.