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.
I am back in the office today after a week away. Looks like our Mediacom service has been having issues over the weekend and today. Not sure if it was connected to the storms on Saturday, but they have been called and I am waiting to hear back from them.
In the meantime, four of the kids checked in yesterday and Sky has been offline for about a week. Below are the most recent maps for all five. Star has moved a bit further south of Dubuque. A week ago Sky was still in Wisconsin. Mercury is down the Mississippi north of St. Louis, Gemini is still in the Peoria area and Apollo is still in Missouri.
Another beautiful day on the way for today. It was great to see them in the nest again this morning. Caught an image of one. All five kids have checked in over the weekend. Most current maps below. Star is along the Mississippi just south of Dubuque, Sky is still up in Wisconsin, Mercury has headed down river and is just north of St. Charles, Illinois. Gemini is still in the same spot north of Peoria and Apollo has found a good fishing spot in Missouri.
All five of the kids have checked in over the last couple of days. Star is still north between Dubuque, Iowa and Galena, Illinois. Sky is a bit further north and seems to be happy in his spot right now. Mercury seems happy to stay near the Mississippi River between Burlington and Keokuk, Iowa. Gemini continues to hang out just upriver from Peoria, Illinois, and Apollo is in Missouri between Kansas City and Springfield.
After more than two weeks with no update, Star popped up on the feed today. Star continues the trip south and is moving down the Mississippi River. She does not seem to be in any big hurry. Now Apollo is more of a mover. After nearly getting into Oklahoma, she has turned north and ended up just north of Kansas City. the only other check-in today was from Gemini. He seems pretty happy hanging out just north of Peoria, Illinois.
Star and Sky have not checked in for a while. Star is out of touch for about 17 days and Sky for about 5 or six I think. Mercury checked in Tuesday and Gemini and Apollo both checked in today. Apollo is really moving around. After going south of Kansas City and then going east for a day or two, she headed back to the west and is now north of Tulsa, Oklahoma and just in the state of Kansas.
This year's kids have checked in. Star has not checked in for a week or so and Sky has been 2-3 days. Below are the maps for Mercury, Gemini and Apollo from yesterday. They are all in about the same places they were a few days ago. Mercury is near Burlington, Iowa, Gemini is just north of Peoria, Illinois, and Apollo is southeast of Kansas City.
Four of the five kids checked in yesterday. I did not have a chance to post until this morning. You will see that Gemini did not stay in the nest area very long. He has headed south and as of yesterday afternoon was near Peoria, Illinois. Apollo also got the itch to move and went around Kansas City and quite a ways south.
I have left several messages with Typepad to try and get comments open again. I'm not sure what the issue is. So all I can do at this point is wait and give you an update from today. Sky continues a slow trek to the south from Canada. He is in Wisconsin - North of Eau Claire. Gemini went a little further north of the Quad Cities and then turned around. He is now back in that area between I-80 and I-88 just east of the metro area and just a few miles from the nest.