Alcoa Works adds Bald Eagle cam

Just down river from us in Pool 15, between LeClaire and Bettendorf, sits a huge Alcoa plant.  Formally, it is in Riverdale Iowa, but it is called the Davenport plant.  It is adjacent to the River.

The good folks there spotted a bald eage pair nesting on a remote part of their property, and they just installed an eagle cam.  It is not quite up to doing live feeds, but it will be soon.  Right now they are posting stored videos and still shots.  Definitely worth a look.

www.alcoa.com/eaglecam

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PBS show on the Bald Eagle

PBS’s Nature program ran a series on the Bald Eagles and you can watch it entirely or in segments on this web site:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/american-eagle/introduction/4201/

I enjoyed it and there are parts on the Eagles in the Upper Mississippi River Valley.

Bald Eagles

They are back!  We took the dogs out to the back yard for their morning run and had to hustle them back in when the eagles started circling the yard.   Now that is a bummer.

But Bald Eagle Days are next weekend at the Quad City Expo Center.

Princeton Wildlife Refuge

This morning we traveled about three miles north and found the unmarked (at least in terms of entrance roads) Princeton Wildlife Refuge.  It is managed by Iowa DNR and consists of Mississippi River backwaters.  There are some powered gates to control water levels.  I will share some pictures with you.

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These are muskrat huts or lodges.

Here is a wikipedia link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskrat

These can be nasty animals.  A year and a half ago, one of these muskrats, probably a nursing female, hung onto the nose of our old mixed breed 90 pound dog.  Between the dog and me beating the muskrat with a stick, the muskrat died.  I am sure the dog did most of it.  But my dog needed about 40 stitches on her nose, it was quite a mess.