Cowlitz PUD's Osprey Have Three Eggs (Photo)
Cowlitz PUD Live Osprey Cam
In early March 2016, Cowlitz PUD, in partnership with Cascade Networks, launched a live-feed osprey camera. The camera focuses on a platform Cowlitz PUD built 15 years ago near a utility pole to provide a safe nesting alternative. Osprey have nested on this platform ever since and each year return to their summer home in Cowlitz County.
The osprey returned from their winter home on March 25th and began mating and nest preparation on March 30th. We celebrated the ospreys' return by holding a naming contest, and we are pleased to announce that Cowlitz PUD Osprey Cam Facebook followers chose Electra and Watt-Sun.
Electra laid three eggs between April 18th and April 24th. Together, Electra and Watt-Sun will incubate their eggs for 36 to 42 days. If all goes well, the first egg should hatch around May 26th. The second egg should hatch on May 29th and the third on June 1st.
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Cascade Networks and Cowlitz PUD are excited to share our successful environmental sustainability project, showcasing our proactive approach to protect wild migratory birds.
Cowlitz PUD Launches Live Osprey Cam
Osprey love to nest on high structures near good fishing grounds, therefore tall power poles can look like a great place to build a nest. Their nests can cause power outages and fires when sticks interfere with electrical equipment.
This was the case in April 2000 when an osprey pair attempted to build a nest on Cowlitz PUD's distribution pole. Our line crews deemed this a safety risk for the public and for the osprey, so we designed and built an alternate higher nesting platform, near the same pole where they originally tried to build a nest.
The ospreys accepted the alternate nesting platform and for 15 years, a pair has been returning to their summer home in Cowlitz County. We look forward to observing these wild birds in their natural environment and are excited to launch, in partnership with Cascade Networks, a live video feed. The osprey returned from their winter migration on March 25th, 2016and mating and nest preparation is currently underway. We anticipate eggs to be laid soon.
Cowlitz PUD is excited to share our successful efforts in environmental sustainably and our proactive approach to protect migratory birds.
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