It was a nice warm day today getting into the low 40's, but tomorrow will not be as nice. The good news is the last forecast I saw has dropped the snow accumulation to just an inch or two. Below is a photo from a couple of weeks ago when we presented a quarterly check of proceeds from our EagleCam merchandise sales to the Putnam Museum. It was great that we were joined in the exhibit hall by some students from Muscatine, Iowa, and we had the Alcoa EagleCam on the video monitor in the exhibit.
It should be another nice day in the nest today (Monday) before the next snow storm moves into the Quad Cities. It looks like the metro area could get 3-5 inches, hopefully a little less. We are now about three weeks. or so, away from the start of the hatch in the nest. Hang on!
You may see the feed on and off a few times today. We will be doing some additional work on the computer that was giving us problems over the weekend. The work may take the feed off-line a few times as we do some things and then restart the system.
We have sold a couple of hundred shirts since we added Alcoa EagleCam merchandise to the mix back in October (see link above, or below the Twitter feed). Each quarter we will distribute proceeds from those sales to two local charities. One is the Putnam Museum where Alcoa has a strong partnership of support for the STEM education outreach to students, and the other is River Action which promotes riverfront access and enhancement. Below is a pictures from the last couple of weeks as we presented a check for just over $500 to River Action. Each of those organizations received the same amount. We will make our next distribution following the first quarter of this year.
Pictured below are Bill Jahns from Creative Marketing (Creative Marketing runs the Alcoa EagleCam merchandise program), Kathy Wine from River Action and John Riches from Alcoa.
Sorry about the loss of the camera tonight. We were having some issues today with the computer and we were not able to get them resolved tonight. We hope to be back online sometime Saturday. If we have problems that last longer, I will get back to you with another update.
I know most people are having good luck with the new feed for Alcoa EagleCam. However, I have also had several messages from people who are having difficulty with the feed since we switched to Livestream last week. Here is a link to the Frequently Asked Questions page at Livestream. I hope this will help those who have had some issues.
Sunday evening about 6pm the second egg was produced in the nest here at Alcoa. Maybe all the bouncing around in the wind helped. Based on past performance, if there is going to be a third egg, we would expect to see it Wednesday or Wednesday night.
If you are interested in Alcoa EagleCam items, click the link above in the opening text or the link below the twitter feed box. Proceeds go to local STEM education and environmental organizations.
If you tune in from time to time and see the egg unattended, you really don't need to worry. As the second and hopefully third egg are laid, Liberty and Justice will spend less and less time off the eggs. It seems they give the first egg or two a little more cooling time to try to get the hatchings to happen a little closer to the same time. Even when the eggs are unattended, at least one of the parents is never too far away from the nest. Be patient, the average incubation is about 35 days. I think last year it was 36 or 37 days before the first egg hatched.
A few people have asked about zooming in. This camera is zoomed out as far as it will go. When the eggs hatch we may zoom in a bit to make it easier to see the little ones for the first few days.
We have been working for a while on a new video stream. We put it on-line this afternoon and then about 2:30 (CT) Liberty laid her first egg of the season.
The new stream should be more stabile, but we may still have a few bugs to fix from time to time. The stream should be able to be viewed on most of your mobile devices. You might have to select a lower resolution depending on the speed of your service.