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.
Yesterday we installed a new camera near the nest. It was not an easy place to install and so the camera was mounted sideways. It is slightly higher and a bit to the right of the current nest view. It does give us a better view into the nest. I hope we have also fixed our Infra-Red light so we will be able to see the nest better at night.
Our weather will be turning cooler soon and that also means we will begin to see activity at the nest pick up in the next month or so. Remember we typically see eggs laid in this nest between the middle and end of February.
We continue to get tracking information from four of the five eagles tagged from this nest in 2016 and 2017. Below are maps from today. You will see that Apollo is in central Illinois, between Peoria and Springfield. Sky is in west-central Illinois between Macomb and St. Louis. Both Gemini and Mercury are hanging out around the vicinity of the Quad Cities, not too far from this nest.
Star has not checked in and Sky has not for a few days. Apollo, Gemini and Mercury are checking in nearly every day. Below are maps showing locations from earlier today. Apollo is heading south via the middle of Iowa. Maybe heading back to Missouri where she spent much of last summer. Gemini and Mercury are back hanging out on the outskirts of the Quad Cities...at least for now.
Today four of the five kids checked in. Star has been out of touch for over 100 days. Based on the activity of the others we are certainly hopeful Star will make contact one of these days soon. In the meantime, here are maps for the four that did check in today. Two are back near the Quad Cities, one is near Duluth and one is near Rochester.
Gemini and Apollo have checked in over the last couple of days. We still have not seen anything from Sky for 23 days, Mercury for 83 days or Star for 89 days. The last reports from them were all headed into rural areas of Canada just north of Minnesota. For them to "check-in" they have to be in range of cellular service and the data pack they each wear has to have enough of a charge to transmit. On the maps below you will see Gemini is in Ontario and near Wabigoon Lake. Apollo is in Manitoba, not too far south of Hudson Bay, but he is near Stephens Lake.
For the last couple of weeks Sky has been hanging out along the southern end of Lake Superior. Over the last two days he has been making a pretty straight line north and is now in Canada. Our other four have not checked in for a while. Hopefully all are doing well and will reconnect with us in the near future.
Sky and Gemini checked in during the last week. The other three have not checked in for 40-50 days. I'm sure one of these days they will all pop in again.
Only two of our five kids are checking in right now. Even the two checking in are pretty far north. Gemini checked in yesterday and is in Canada and just south of Hudson Bay. Sky checked in today and had been hanging out just south of Lake Superior for the past few weeks. Star has not checked in for 41 days, Apollo has been 40 days and Mercury has been out of touch for 35 days. These three are most likely in very unpopulated areas and a good chance they are all in Canada by now.