The osprey are back! As of yesterday, both Mom and Dad have returned to the nest for another season.
The nesting platform on St George's Island at the Calgary Zoo has been home to osprey for almost 20 years. We're pleased to provide live streaming video so nature enthusiasts can get a true birds-eye view of nest building, egg laying, hatching, feeding and the first flights of the osprey chicks.
Get in on the fun and tweet us (@ENMAX) with your guess about when you think the first egg will be laid in the nest.
PLEASE NOTE: From 6:30 p.m. MST on April 26 to 6:30 a.m. MST on April 27, the osprey camera will be down due to network maintenance. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Osprey often build their nests on top of power poles, which can be dangerous for the birds and damage the electrical system. In some areas, where osprey come back to nest year after year, ENMAX Power Corporation erects platforms, like the one at the Zoo, to encourage nesting on the platform instead of on electrical equipment. To date, we've installed 14 nesting platforms around Calgary.
Please keep in mind that the camera is to observe these wild birds in their natural environment. Once the birds have arrived neither ENMAX Power nor the Calgary Zoo will interfere with them or their nest.
Green icons on the map show platforms that are home to osprey. If you see a red icon, it means we haven't observed any osprey at that platform yet.
Please be aware that not all platforms are easily or safely accessible. Please check the map to determine which platforms are best for viewing and exercise caution when attending the platforms, you do so at your own risk.
Early April - Ospreys return to Calgary and select nesting sites
Mid April - Mating and nest building
April - Early May - Egg laying (two to four eggs)
May - Incubation of eggs (Started)
June - Eggs hatch
July - Feeding and growing
August - Fledging (Learning to fly)
September - Osprey leave for warmer climate
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