The camera uses infrared light at night, which does not bother the birds. The set-up allows viewers to review the most recent four hours of video.
Thank you to all the donors who are helping to fund this project. We really appreciate your assistance.
If you enjoy watching the OspreyCam, please make a donation online. Donations in the form of a cheque can also be mailed to the attention of the Grand River Conservation Foundation, 400 Clyde Road, P.O. Box 729, Cambridge, ON N1R 5W6. Donations to the Belwood Lake OspreyCam Fund will help support this and other GRCA projects that help bring you closer to nature, right here in the Grand River watershed.
The Grand River Conservation Authority operates the OspreyCam strictly as an informational and educational tool, giving viewers an intimate glimpse into the fascinating world of an osprey family.
That intimacy brings vast rewards, but also some risk.
The lives of osprey are not easy; it is estimated that about 50 to 60 percent of all osprey chicks do not survive their first year of life. Some of that danger comes in the nest.
Based on consultation with osprey researchers, it is our policy to not intervene in the nest. Entering the nest, or removing animals deemed at risk by viewers, could potentially cause greater distress or threat to the health and well-being of the animals than allowing them to proceed without human intervention.
We understand that many people disagree with this approach and we respect that viewpoint. Our hope is that they will attempt to do the same for us.
In the extremely rare case of the animal being completely immobilized by human-introduced material such as string or rope, or if other issues develop, we will evaluate and consult with experts and proceed as they deem best.
If you find watching the cams too disturbing, we apologize and suggest that you stop watching.
It is at our discretion to turn off the camera at any time with little or no warning, for technical and operational reasons, or if we determine the situation warrants it.
Please be aware that the camera is not monitored around-the-clock by GRCA staff.
Grand River Conservation Authority
400 Clyde Road, PO Box 729