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.
Sky and Gemini checked in today. Sky is near the SW tip of Lake Superior. Gemini was in Minnesota but has now crossed over into Ontario. Mercury has not checked in for 14 days. At the time he was just NE of Duluth. It has been 19 days since Apollo connected but at that time he had traveled just into Ontario and then back into Minnesota - north of Minneapolis. For Star it has been 20 days since he last connection. She was west of Duluth at that time. Below are individual maps from each of their last check-ins and one map that shows all five on the same map at their last check-in.
All five of our eaglets from the last two seasons checked in over the weekend. they continue to wander across the upper Midwest. Star has moved from Wisconsin into Minnesota near the Duluth area. Apollo is the farthest north. After a trip into Canada she has come back into northern Minnesota near Bemidji. Sky, Mercury and Gemini continue to move around the Quad City region.
It has been a couple of weeks since I posted. We seem to be settling into a quiet period at the nest as Liberty & Justice recognize we will not be having eaglets this year. In the last few days four of the five from the last two years have checked in. Star has gone north and east and is in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area. Sky is north of the nest near Clinton, Iowa and Mercury and Gemini are on the outskirts of the Quad City metro area.
All five of the eagles from our nest the last two years are doing well and checking in. Below are maps from yesterday. Three of them (Sky, Mercury and Gemini) are right around the outskirts of the Quad City metro area. Star continues to be in south central Wisconsin and Apollo is along the Mississippi near the Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota border area.
After 42 days off the grid, Apollo has checked in. Yesterday she checked in along with Sky, Mercury and Gemini. Only Star did not check in. He has not checked in for about 11 days. Here are maps for the four that checked in yesterday. Apollo looks like she is heading back this general direction from south-central Minnesota.
Just when I thought there would be nothing left to watch...it changes quickly. This nest seems to be for rent by the hour. Eagles in, then Geese in, then eagles in, then geese lay an egg, then eagles in...and it continues. Nothing we can do but watch and see what happens. In the meantime here are maps of Sky, Mercury and Gemini. Star has been off the grid for about 5 days and Apollo has now been out of touch for about 35 days or so.
I was able to get tracking maps on Sunday for Sky, Mercury and Gemini. All three of them are hanging out on the outskirts of the Quad Cities. You will see that Sky actually came within a few hundred yards of the nest in the map from yesterday. I did a zoom in on that part of the map. It will be interesting to see what else happens around the nest this week.
Apollo has not checked in for about three weeks...but the other four have checked in over the last couple of days. As of yesterday afternoon Star was still in southern Wisconsin. At the same time, Sky, Mercury and Gemini are all withing about 10-15 miles of the nest. As of yesterday afternoon none of the charts show any of them actually at the nest...but Mercury is the closest.
It will be interesting to see How they deal with the snow coming into the area tonight. Will they stay on the nest as if they are still taking care of the egg? Today has been another day with very little nest time. Below are a few photos taken today near the nest. One is a bit blurry but you can see both Liberty & Justice near, but not in, the nest. A couple others of them flying around and into the nest tree. I did see a couple of immature eagles in the area but no other adults while I was there.