For over 20 years, osprey have made their summer home on a specially placed nesting platform at the Calgary Zoo. Built and maintained by ENMAX Power Corporation, nature enthusiasts will once again have a chance to glimpse into their daily lives through the
ENMAX osprey webcam.
This year, two major projects in the vicinity of the platform will begin. To prevent our feathered friends from having to live in a construction zone, the platform was relocated to a new spot, near the musk ox enclosure in the Zoo's
Canadian Wilds exhibit. Though there was no guarantee that the birds would return to the platform, the new site was chosen because of its proximity to the river and nearby trees to perch on.
"With all the work at the Zoo we want to provide a safe place for the osprey away from construction and electrical infrastructure," said Alison Anaka, ENMAX Environmental Specialist. "While we can never predict their behaviour, we've relocated their new home in a spot similar to the last and are thrilled that they've returned for another season."
For many years ENMAX has offered a live-stream camera to allow the public insight into their nesting activities. Visit the webcam to get a true birds-eye view of nest building, egg laying, hatching, feeding and the first flights of the osprey chicks. Bird lovers can also see the nest first-hand by venturing into the Zoo's
Canadian Wilds area or strolling along the Bow River Pathway adjacent to the zoo.
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