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.
We have been fighting some upload speed issues for a few days. Mediacom is working on the issue and I hope it will be resolved soon. In the meantime I did have three of the five "kids" check in today. Sky is still along the Mississippi River near Burlington. Mercury is in southern Illinois just north of Cape Girardeau. Gemini continues to hang out along the Illinois River not too far south from Peoria.
Bald Eagle Days in the Quad Cities starts this afternoon at 4pm at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island and runs through Sunday afternoon. Stop by the Arconic Booth and say hello to some of our folks, look at the EagleCam on a big screen, sign up for a white chocolate eagle egg and get a few free items.
We are just a week away from the annual Quad Cities Bald Eagle Days. If you are in town, please stop by the Arconic booth, say hello, and sign up to win one of the white chocolate eagle eggs we are giving away. They are delicious and hand crafted locally by Lagomarcino's. We will also be handing our coloring/activity books for the kids and EagleCam eye blackouts...show your pride!
In the meantime, all five kids have checked in over the last couple of days. Star is in south central Wisconsin along the Blue river, Sky is now just north of Burlington, Iowa, Mercury is south and east of St. Louis, Gemini is south and west of Peoria, Illinois and Apollo is near Springfield, Missouri.
Our electricians got a little help repairing the microphone and infrared light on the EagleCam earlier this month from Flat Stanley! Flat Stanley is a school project where the students document the places and activities in which Flat Stanley is involved. Each student’s Flat Stanley is mailed with a journal to other people who are asked to treat the figure as a guest, document what he did with them and return him after a period of time. One of our apprentice electricians happened to have a child working on the project when we were fixing the EagleCam. They reported that Flat Stanley was an excellent apprentice, got the EagleCam light and microphone up and running while adhering to all the right safety procedures!
Below is a map showing the travel by Sky on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You will see the trip came down from the Clinton area, just skirting the eastern edge of the Quad Cities and heading further south. Sky did not appear to stop by the nest...but may have thought about it.
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All five of the kids from the last two years have checked in over the last couple of days. The one closest to the nest is Sky who has moved from north central Iowa to just a few mile north of the Quad Cities along the Mississippi River, Star has moved from the Dubuque are up into south-central Wisconsin. Mercury is still just north of the St. Louis area, Gemini is west and south of Peoria, Illinois and Apollo is in central Missouri.
Don't forget our EagleCam shop: www.qceaglecam.com
See all of the maps below:
Liberty and Justice continue to work on the nest for the coming season. It will feel like winter after a string of very nice above-normal temperature days. We did place a couple of bales of hay/straw on the property below the nest last week and it is great to see them bringing some of that to the nest. Once we get into mid-January we will put some additional material out in case the older stuff is covered by snow at that point.
If you are looking for a Christmas present for one of your eagle friends, consider a purchase from our online store at this link. We have a few quality items and a portion of each sale goes to local non-profits in the Quad Cities.
Sky has not checked in for about 19 days. All four of the others did check in today. Star is along the Mississippi River just south of Dubuque. Mercury is also along the Mississippi River but about half way between Keokuk, Iowa and St. Louis. Gemini is hanging out a bit west and south of Peoria, Illinois. Finally, Apollo still seems to be favoring the central region of the state of Missouri.
As we head back into nesting season I just want to take a moment to remind folks that this site is intended for commenting on what you see on the cameras at the Arconic EagleCam, and to a lesser extent what some of you see on other cameras around the country. It is not a chat site. There are other ways for folks to chat with one another if that is your intention. I appreciate your cooperation.