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 fourteen eaglets from this nest. The first two eaglets fledged in summer 2010 before we installed the camera and they were never named. The twelve that have fledged since then are named: Freedom, Spirit, Faith, Hope, Honor, Glory, Rudy, Star, Sky, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.
Since the camera was installed 35 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.
We have selected five sets of names from the hundreds and hundreds of suggestions we received over the last couple of weeks. Voting is now open and will be open through Monday, April 29. We will announce the winning names on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
Time for us to hear from you about possible names for the two eaglets in the Arconic EagleCam nest. Post your suggestions on our ArconicDavenportWorks Facebook page or here in the comment section of the EagleCam Typepad comment feed.
Next week we will announce five sets of names for you to vote on for the 2019 eaglets.
Our first eaglet hatched yesterday afternoon. We are hoping number two will join us yet today. I am attaching a very short clip showing the first eaglet of the season getting some food earlier today from Liberty & Justice.
Looks like our first egg is making progress today. Take a look at the short video clip to see the little one say hello. Download Egg open 4-3-2019
it is clear the hatching is underway at our nest. One egg clearly has a hole and a crack and the second egg may have a pip at this point.
I know Liberty & Justice have done an exceptional job this year making it hard for us to see what is happening in the nest bole.
There are some tell tale signs to watch for as we go along this week. Once the hatch is underway you will see the parent who is sitting on the nest look confused or like they are listening to something. The hatchling will not only work to get out of the egg, but will begin to make its voice heard by the parents.
The other thing to watch for is a steady stream of food deliveries beginning to pile up on the outer parts of the nest. Liberty & Justice are excellent providers and with the river up covering areas just north and west of the nest tree, it is like having a drive in deli right next door to the nest.
We will be on pip/hatch watch starting later this weekend and into next week. In the meantime I wanted to provide an update on the four we are still tracking from 2016 and 2017. Sky (2016) is just south of the Quad Cities along the Mississippi River just south of Keithsburg, Illinois. Apollo (2017) is the furthest away, east of the Quad Cities near Peru, Illinois and hanging out along the Illinois River. Gemini (2017) is along the Mississippi River just to the west of the Quad Cities hanging out near what is referred to as the Milan Bottoms. Finally, Mercury (2017) is just a little east of the Quad Cities metro and appears to be spending time along the Rock River. Stay tuned next week as we look for our first hatch!