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Osprey return to Calgary Zoo after 2013 floods

/ Calgary

​Despite a very 'wet' stay in Calgary last year, the famed osprey pair has returned to the nest at the Calgary Zoo for another season of raising young and posing for the cameras.

For 18 years, osprey have built their homes on a platform constructed by the zoo atop a specially placed pole by ENMAX Power Corporation. Located on the island's east end in a non-public area, it is visible from the Bow River bridge crossing between the Canadian Wilds and Destination Africa exhibits. Since 2008, the Calgary Zoo and ENMAX Corporation (ENMAX) have offered a glimpse into the action via live webcam at enmax.com/osprey. Three eggs have been laid this year and are expected to hatch any day.

"During last year's flood, the pole and platform remained standing, but the fibre-optic cables needed to broadcast the webcam were washed out," said Doris Kaufmann Woodcock, ENMAX spokesperson. "We, and the surprisingly large number of followers of this webcam, are happy that it's live again."

 "One in eight bird species in the world are at risk of extinction and many Canadian birds of prey, including osprey, were once threatened by extensive pesticide use," said Dr. Axel Moehrenschlager, Head of Conservation and Research, Calgary Zoo. "Osprey are successfully raising young right here in our city with ENMAX's help. It's incredibly motivating to see the eggs because it shows what industry and environmental groups can do for Canada's wildlife and endangered species by working together."

Osprey often build nests on top of power poles, which can pose a serious danger to the birds and lead to power outages. ENMAX Power has erected 14 nesting platforms throughout the city in areas that are located close to the original nest but away from power lines. Through the ENMAX Avian Management program, sites are identified and assessed for suitability and need.

The live streaming camera is available to the public through to the seasonal departure of the birds which typically occurs in September.

NEW IN 2014

  • Take a break from the computer and see osprey nesting first-hand. Check out ENMAX's new map for the location of osprey platforms around Calgary.
  • Name the Chicks! Keep a sharp eye out for contest details on our website and Facebook page for your chance to win a family pass to the Calgary Zoo.


ENMAX, through its subsidiaries, makes, moves and sells electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with offices in Edmonton. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns diverse electricity generation facilities throughout the province. Since 2007, ENMAX has been named one of Alberta's Top Employers. ENMAX Energy is currently the retailer of choice for both The City of Calgary and The City of Edmonton.   


For more information, please contact:

Doris Kaufmann Woodcock
Senior Media Relations Advisor
ENMAX Corporation
403-689-6150 (media line)


For more information, please contact:

Trish Exton-Parder
Lead Media Relations
Calgary Zoo
403-371-9075 (media line)

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