Red Deer’s osprey cam celebrities are back

FortisAlberta has webcam set up at nest created as part of avian protection program

A pair of central Alberta YouTube avian celebrities are back for another season.

FortisAlberta recently turned on its osprey cam, and it showed a pair had once again chosen a nesting platform near the company’s Employment Development Centre, which is just west of Red Deer off Highway 11.

Dozens of osprey-friendly nests have been set up by FortisAlberta in its coverage area as part of an avian protection plan, which is designed to discourage osprey and other birds of prey from using energized power poles to establish their nests.

Such birds are moved to specially constructed safer nesting platforms nearby.

Several years ago, the company set up webcams at platforms in Canmore and Red Deer so the curious could tune in online to see how osprey go about their days in nesting season.

Go to www.youtube.com/FortisAB for a look. A link can also be found on the FortisAlberta Facebook page.

Ospreys mate for life and will return to the same nest each year after spending the winters south. They will lay two to three eggs in mid-May, and hatchlings will emerge about five weeks later.

About three months later, young ospreys will leave the nest.

The osprey cam has proven popular and the birds have attracted quite a following, with fans tuning in from all over the world.



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