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 Davenport, Iowa/Alcoa cam - 2015/16
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By: MaryF (offline) on Sunday, May 01 2016 @ 02:36 PM EDT  
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Lunch time!

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Dad flew in and we almost had a family picture--one was hiding behind Dad

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By: MaryF (offline) on Sunday, May 01 2016 @ 02:39 PM EDT  
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Dad to the perch

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Bye for now Dad! wave

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By: MaryF (offline) on Sunday, May 08 2016 @ 04:04 PM EDT  
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Look at how bit they are getting!! TY Sammy Noww!! Happy mother's fay Liberty! Wub


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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, May 31 2016 @ 04:25 PM EDT  
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A note from Alcoa WAY back on May 10th Oh the shame


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Say Hello to Star & Sky

The voting is over and the two Alcoa EagleCam eaglets for 2016 will now be known by the names Star and Sky. With nearly 5,000 votes almost 30% went to this pair of names. In keeping with our past practice Star will be the first hatch and Sky will be the second hatched.


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Bad hair day for Mom on the 9th

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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, May 31 2016 @ 05:04 PM EDT  
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An update from May 18th ------


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Amazing Growth!

Isn't it amazing how quickly these two have gone from being just a few ounces and unable to hold their heads up - to getting close to full size? Just a few more weeks and they will be ready to take their first flights out of the nest tree. All of this growth in just a little over five weeks.


Really showing their feathers growing in here

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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, May 31 2016 @ 05:15 PM EDT  
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From Alcoa on May 30th ----

Monday, May 30, 2016

Research Project

This morning we participated in a research project being conducted by West Virginia University and supported by USF&W service. I will post some pictures later today. The process included bringing both Star and Sky down to ground level for some testing, banding and the placement of transmitters. Their migration from the nest will be followed for at least the next five years to help understand migration of bald eagles in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Look for more details in the coming days.


Star and Skye on the ground for banding and to receive their transmitters

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A nice family picture shortly before banding--too bad the one little one was facing the wrong way Grin

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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, May 31 2016 @ 05:17 PM EDT  
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More from Alcoa concerning the banding---many folks were not happy about this!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Little More Info

I really appreciate the robust discussion here yesterday.

I want you to know that my observation of the work yesterday gave me a better appreciation for the dedication and passion the people who do this kind of important work must have. Dr. Miller and her team were gentle and respectful of the eagles and the eaglets to minimize the amount of time they were out of the nest and to ensure there were no injuries.

I was amazed how light the transmitters are (only about 60 grams). They are held in place by high-tech ribbons that do not irritate and should not wear out. They were connected in a way they will not interfere with the eaglets "crop" or wing movement and there is enough space so muscle development will not make them too tight.

I can tell you the littlest eaglet is just under 8 pounds and the bigger one is almost 10 pounds. Based on other measurements they believe the small one is male and the large one is female. This will be confirmed when the blood is analyzed.

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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, May 31 2016 @ 08:34 PM EDT  
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One of the infamous transmitters---

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