What Is the Alcoa Davenport Eagle Cam?


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The Alcoa Davenport Eagle cam is an Internet-connected camera that is aimed at the nest of a pair of eagles located on the grounds of the Davenport Works facility operated by Alcoa aluminum company. The camera has attracted over 25 million visitors since it was installed in 2010.

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The pair of eagles built their nest 85 feet up in a cottonwood tree near the Mississippi river in 2009. Shortly thereafter, the employees and community gave them names. The female is called Liberty and the male is named Justice. Alcoa has partnered with the Bettendorf, Iowa, school district to create learning modules for students watching the eagle cam.

Good times to watch the eagle cam are usually mid to late February when Liberty lays her eggs and mid to late March when they hatch through early June and learn to fly. In the fall and early winter, the eagles use the nest to eat and prepare it for the next set of eaglets.

Students, employees and the community named the one to three eaglets that have hatched each year. Names from the previous broods include Freedom from 2011; Faith, Hope and Spirit from 2012; Honor and Glory from 2013 and Rudy from 2014. Liberty and Justice live in the Davenport area year-round.

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