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.
Sky has now gone 30 days in Canada without checking in. Mercury has also gone quiet for five days. Below are the charts for Star, Gemini and Apollo. Gemini and Apollo are still hanging out a few miles east of the nest along the Rock River in Illinois. Star continues a slow trip south and is sticking along the Mississippi River between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Star continues a slow but steady trip south and is now along the Mississippi River between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Mercury is along the Cedar River in Iowa about 30 or so miles WSW from the nest. Gemini and Apollo are still east of the nest. Gemini is along the Rock River in Illinois and Apollo is a bit further east along what appears to be a creek just south of Interstate 88.
Still no report from Sky. Star on the other hand is headed south. As of this afternoon she is about half way between Eau Claire and LaCrosse, Wisconsin. At the same time after spending the week heading south, Mercury has turned north and is now about half way between Iowa City and Davenport, Iowa. Gemini and Apollo are still fairly close to town although Apollo had a more active 24 hours than Gemini.
Gemini and Apollo have left the nest, but they have not traveled very far in doing so. Both are close together and only a few miles east of the nest area. They are hanging out along Interstate 80 and the Rock River. It will be interesting to see how long they stay this close to the nest. While that is going on, Mercury has meandered a little further south and is now just past Burlington, Iowa. Still no work from Sky, while Star is still in the middle of Wisconsin hanging out around some farm fields.
It was great to see Liberty and Justice stop by the nest this weekend. I think all three kids are in the process of moving on, however Gemini and Apollo (as of yesterday afternoon) are still not that far away. Mercury has headed a bit further south along the Mississippi and as of yesterday was between Burlington and Fort Madison. Gemini and Apollo are just a bit east of the metro area. Sky still has not checked in, but Star has moved a bit south from Lake Superior.
Mercury continues his new adventure. He is now a little further south but not quite all the way to Burlington, Iowa. Gemini and Apollo are still hanging around the nest area, but I would expect them to begin their travels any day now. Sky has not checked in, but Star is moving a bit around the edges of Lake Superior.
The tracking maps below are from Saturday-Sunday. What you will see is that Star has moved a bit north and west and is along the shore of Lake Superior. Mercury has found his way back to the Mississippi and has headed south of the Quad Cities. Gemini and Apollo have worked their way back to the nest area after spending a couple of days a few miles away along the Rock River. Sky has not checked in.
For the first time, all three of this year's batch of Arconic eaglets have ended a 24-hour period away from the nest site. From yesterday to this afternoon they ended up on the Illinois side and along the currently flooded Rock River. I suspect there are some easy-to-catch fish in some of the places where the waters have backed up that are not too deep. It will be interesting to see if this is the start of their long journey's or if they come back and spend a little more time near the nest.
Sky has not checked in for a few days. Star is on the move. She is northwest of Appleton, Wisconsin.
We are still having some issues with the Nest View camera feed and will be working on that again next week. Not nearly as urgent since there is not a lot to see right now.
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.