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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, 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.

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


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.  

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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


Talk about technical difficulties

Two extreme hailstorms rolled through Calgary and left lots of damage in their wake.

Unfortunately the osprey cam has been added to the list of hail-damaged items. An environmental specialist has recommended that the camera should not be fixed at this time so that the nest, and the osprey are not disturbed.

If you've watched the osprey you know that they're not camera shy and you can see and share photos of our feathered friends on Twitter at ospreyYYC. You can read more about the osprey cam and how you can Keep up with the Osprey on our blog.

Or to see what's happening at other nests around Calgary check out the osprey map below.

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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