New Osprey Webcam!

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:28am

The Chesapeake Conservancy has just launched its Osprey Webcam! Our two resident ospreys, Tom and Audrey, have just returned from South America and are starting to build their nest.  
 
Watch and listen as they bring branches back to the nest, eat frequent meals, and raise their chicks.

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.