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.
Below are maps of our eagles activity from Monday & Tuesday. Sky has crossed over into Canada north of Duluth, Minnesota. He has not checked in for a few days now. Battery level is low and I suspect cellular coverage is spotty. Star is hanging out near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mercury flew all the way north to Clinton, Iowa, and back to the nest yesterday. Gemini and Apollo each crossed over the Mississippi into the Illinois Quad Cities and back.
Both Star and Sky are staying north for now. Sky has moved a bit and is now north of Duluth, Minnesota. Star is now north of Green Bay, Wisconsin. As for Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, they are continuing to be very active but mostly staying close to the nest area. As they continue to push out it will not be too much longer before they will head out on their own path. Here are the tracking maps from yesterday for all five of them:
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.