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A program that is for the birds

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, to encourage nesting on the platform instead of on electrical equipment.

With many construction projects across the City this year, the following platforms were moved:

  • Zoo island (with camera) - moved inside Zoo near musk ox enclosure
  • Hwy 8 at intersection of Glenmore Trail and Sarcee Trail - moved west down Hwy 8 to stormpond area on the east side of Discovery Ridge
  • Sheriff King Rd at intersection of Macleod Trail and 22X - moved south on shore of Priddis Slough. Note: the platform is now on private property and inaccessible to the public.
  • 36 Substation at Bearspaw Dam Rd NW. - moved west on Bearspaw Dam Rd to front of City storage yard and building

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.

          

Check out the map to find an osprey platform near you.


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Osprey Map Legend 

 

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.



EXPECTED OSPREY MILESTONES

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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Please note that there will be intermittent interruptions to the camera feed due to electrical outages planned at the Zoo. Thank you for your patience.

Osprey return to their new home

For over 20 years, osprey have nested at the Calgary Zoo atop a specially placed platform built and maintained by ENMAX Power Corporation. This year, due to nearby construction projects, we moved the platform to a new location at the zoo. We're delighted to report that the birds have found their new home and are settling in.

The Osprey can now be observed from the Canadian Wilds area of the zoo, near the musk ox enclosure, or by strolling along the Bow River pathway. Can't make it to the zoo? Follow along with our osprey cam for a true birds-eye view of nest building, egg laying, hatching, feeding and the first flights of the osprey chicks.  

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.​​​

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