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The Osprey Cam Project

This project began in December 2007.  The idea was to provide a bird’s eye view inside a Dunedin osprey nest to the public.  During the winter of 2008 – ’09 much progress was made on the project.  Tim Marshall established the original web page to help move the project forward.  Barbara Walker, who is very active in raptor conservation in Pinellas County, developed an osprey science project for 4th and 5th graders or for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.  The city obtained the necessary Florida state permits.

image002Art Finn, Dunedin Parks Director, selected the project site.  The nest is on the Marquis Pinellas Trail in Dunedin, Florida.  The location is perfect because this is a heavily used trail for walkers, joggers and bikers.  In addition, the nest is next to a putting green of the city owned St. Andrew’s Links Golf Course at that time.  This makes for easy viewing from the ground for the public.  Since education is a major part of this project, the location would make it easy for school groups, scout groups, etc. to visit.
 

The disadvantage of this nest was it was built on top of a heavily listing light pole in danger of toppling over.  In addition, monk parakeets were digging in the bottom part of the osprey nest.  This could pose a problem for the ospreys because the parakeets have been known to pass parasites on to the ospreys and cause disease.

 

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To correct this problem, on October 5, 2008, Progress Energy installed a new pole and platform next to the light pole.

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Next the nesting materials were removed from the old nest.

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The original nest was transferred to the new platform.

image010Very quickly the osprey couple accepted the new location of their nest.  Next the camera had to be installed.  The Dunedin Parks Department built an extension from the platform to place the camera.  It had to have a cover so the birds would not set directly on the camera and a perch was built for the birds. 

On December 6, 2008, it is obvious that the osprey is very comfortable with the platform, nest, camera and perch arrangement.

Unfortunately, the city ran into technical problems with the camera.  Before the camera issues could be resolved, the osprey couple had laid three eggs and could not be disturbed.
 

The couple this year successfully raised and fledged one offspring.  The goal is to have the camera up and running by September 2009 so all can watch the 2009 – ’10 nesting season!!!

 

 

 

 

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