September update: It was quite a year, but with the weather turning colder, the osprey have abandoned the nest, headed south and the trout in the Bow and Elbow rivers are once again able to swim in peace.
We will be turning off the camera soon, but please check back soon for a gallery of some milestones from 2014.
Thank you for tuning into the osprey cam this past season and sharing the fun with us. We hope that, just like the osprey, you too will return next spring.
Aside from the nest at the Calgary Zoo, many of the other platforms around Calgary hosted nesting pairs of osprey and their offspring during the 2014. And we even added a new platform in Fish Creek Park south of Canyon Meadows Drive on the west side of Macleod trail.
While these platforms make it easier to watch these incredible birds, they also help ensure the osprey's safety by giving them an alternative to building on power poles.
We do this because osprey often build their nests on top of power poles, and this behavior poses a danger to the birds and the electrical system.
In some areas where ospreys return to nest year after year, we erect osprey platforms nearby to encourage nesting on the platform instead of electrical equipment. Our efforts are guided by our on-staff, avian biologist who assists our field staff with safeguarding nesting birds.
Take a break from the computer and see osprey nesting firsthand. Check out the map below for the location of osprey platforms around Calgary.
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.
Now that we have chicks in the nest here are some of the highlights we can look forward to for the remainder of this season. Keep in mind that osprey have their own timetable, but the dates below should give you an idea of what to watch for.
Mid- late April — Ospreys return the nest site (April 20)
End of April –Early May —Mating and nest building (This is private)
Early May—Egg laying (2-4 eggs) (April 30)
May—Incubation of eggs (Complete)
June—Eggs hatch! (June 10-11)
July—Feeding and growing (ongoing)
August—Learning to fly
September—Osprey leave for warmer climate!
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