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Ospreys are flying back to nest for the summer and the Town of Osoyoos has front row seats to the show. A camera has been installed to watch over a nest discovered on a FortisBC power pole.
When they found the nest, FortisBC crews de-energized the pole to make sure the birds will be safe once they return home (the switch, will not affect customers’ electric service).
FortisBC and the Town of Osoyoos saw an opportunity to use the nest as an educational tool. The idea was to set up a camera and stream a live feed of the ospreys. But there was a catch – the team couldn’t install a camera on the power pole. If there were any adjustments to be made, FortisBC power line technicians would be required to ensure they were done safely – creating an inconvenience for everyone involved.
It wasn’t long before a solution was proposed – mount a camera on a separate pole near the nest for optimum viewing and convenience. FortisBC crews went to work, and completed the task. FortisBC also provided funds for the camera equipment.
The Town of Osoyoos would like to take this opportunity to thank FortisBC for the cheque received in the amount of $4,200 to make this project a reality.
Visit FortisBC to learn more about Osprey Nest Management Program.