It was 60 degrees here yesterday and now we have a winter storm. I'm sure Liberty and Justice are staying sheltered in a nearby tree. Cold and windy for a couple of days and then warming back up to the 30's and 40's. Stay warm everyone!
Like most of you I have spotted at least one or two juvenile eagles in the nest the last few days. I took a trip down to the nest this afternoon and I was surprised to find nearly a dozen eagles, mostly juveniles, in the trees in and around the nest. I did notice that there is some open water in the Mississippi River just south of the nest and that may be why so many are hanging out in the vicinity right now. It is supposed to warm up over the next few days and the water will open up further away. I am posting a few pictures from today that feature Liberty & Justice and some of their friends.
The weather the last couple of days is more like what we usually expect for the annual Quad Cities Bald Eagle Days. The event was just over a week ago and we saw a great turnout. I'm told there were more than 20,000 people attending over the three days. We had lots of people stop by our booth and say hello too. We did draw names for some free Alcoa EagleCam t-shirts. If you have not heard from me yet, that means you did not win. Never fear though, you can clikc on the merchandise link above this text or below the Twitter feed and order your very own shirt.
Below are a few pictures of some of the Alcoa folks talking with people who stopped by the booth. Keep watching, we are only a few weeks away from when it gets very interesting in the nest!
On the heels of our inclusion in the top 25 most interesting webcams for 2012, this weekend is Bald Eagle Days here in the Quad Cities. Alcoa has been a sponsor of the annual event for more than 20 years and we are again this year. We will have a booth at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island and various members of our staff will be on hand. Visitors can sign up to win an Alcoa EagleCam t-shirt, kids (and adults) can get a free EagleCam temporary tattoo and a 2013 calendar-card for tracking what is happening in the nest this year and we will have a large monitor with a live stream from the nest.
If you want to order your own Alcoa EagleCam items click the link above or the one below the video box. Also, if you want to know more about our online educational partnership with the Bettendorf Schools click the education link above or the one below the twitter feed box.
Alcoa EagleCam has been named one of the top 25 most interesting websites for 2012 by EarthCam.com. With over 12 million "hits" in 2012 this is not really a surprise to many people who have watched the site. This is the 14th year EarthCam has announced its Top 25 list.
Rob Woodall, Director of Manufacturing at Davenport Works said, "The camera is helping to educate people on the resurgence bald eagles are having in this part of the country and it helps highlight our work to protect the environment here in Iowa and everywhere Alcoa operates."
Don't forget to also follow what is happening here on Twitter by following hashtag #alcoaeaglecam and "like" us on Facebook.
I want to welcome everyone to Alcoa EagleCam in 2013. It will be hard to top the experience from last year with three eggs and three eaglets.
We hope to have some of the current issues with the video feed cleared up in the coming days and weeks. We had reduced the resolution a bit to help with the pixilation. We are also working to upgrade the stream so it can be accessed on mobile devices.
All of the work right now is behind the scenes. We will not be going back up to the nest again until next fall when it is not being used by Liberty and Justice on a daily basis.