The Chesapeake's favorite osprey family - Tom, Audrey, Chester, Essie, and Ozzie - have all flown the coop for the winter. Thank you for a great year of the Osprey Cam, and the Cam will be back on in March of 2014 to welcome Tom and Audrey home. Check out their 2013 Osprey Year in Review video below for all of the highlights!
Special thanks to Skyline Technology Solutions, who is managing the video stream for us, Earth Security Electronics, who installed and set up the camera, Investigative Options Inc., for maintaining the camera, and the Shared Earth Foundation.
Found on every continent except Antarctica, osprey (Pandion haliaetus) are one of the Chesapeake's most amazing birds for a number of reasons. They migrate thousands of miles each year to and from Central and South America, mate for life, and return to the same spot year after year, despite spending the winter apart from each other.
After an almost 90% decline in population from 1950-1970, osprey populations have rebounded due in large part to conservation efforts and the banning of DDT. Osprey can be a valuable indicator species for monitoring the long-term health of the Chesapeake Bay because their diet consists almost entirely of fish and they are sensitive to many environmental contaminants. To make sure these magnificent Bay residents continue to thrive, we are working to ensure that river corridors remain protected and that the Chesapeake Bay can support abundant fish populations.
To learn more about osprey and the Bay's other amazing creatures use our National Wildlife Refuge App, or visit one of our regions many National and State parks and refuges to see them in the wild!
If you enjoy our Osprey Cam, please consider donating to the Chesapeake Conservancy to help maintain this feed and help us establish other web cams highlighting the daily lives of other Chesapeake species.
Having empty nest syndrome? Check out the videos below to remember some of the Osprey Cam's best moments.
- Tom, Audrey, and their first chick (Chester)
- Tom and Audrey feeding their first two chicks (Chester and Essie)
- Tom and Audrey feeding their three chicks (Chester, Essie, and Ozzie)
- The chicks' test flights
- Chester's first flight
- Ozzie's first flight
- Winter cleaning
- And, of course, Ozzie's rescue from her entanglement in mono-filament fishing line below and from shore.
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More than 100,000 streams, creeks and rivers thread through the Chesapeake Bay watershed; yet citizens still struggle to find places where they can access these waterways. Significant stretches of shoreline have little or no access, making it difficult to plan trips along water trails and preventing people from accessing waterways in their own backyards. The Conservancy is working hard to create new public access sites to connect people to the Bay and its rivers.
Want to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay's wildlife? Visit our wildlife library to watch short videos created by the Susquehannock
Wildlife Society highlighting some of the Bay's most interesting species and read articles written by columnist Mike Burk for the Chesapeake Bay Journal detailing the watershed's many bird species. We are continually adding content so check back often!
The Chesapeake’s great rivers and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail provide the Conservancy with an education and conservation planning framework, highlighting the importance of history and culture, as well as wildlife and habitat, to protect vital resources in the Chesapeake.
The Conservancy is engaged in river-centered projects throughout the Chesapeake watershed. These projects take different forms, but each seeks to create a vision for the future of the river through public engagement that will guide conservation, education, and public access work throughout the corridor.