The Sandpoint Osprey Cam at Memorial Field

Hello! Welcome to the Sandpoint, Idaho osprey cam, watching the nest at Memorial Field.
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The Sandpoint Osprey Cam is a collaboration of the City of Sandpoint and Sandpoint Online, with major support donated by Avista and Vyve Broadband. Consulting biologist is Janie Veltkamp of Birds of Prey Northwest. Maintenance help by Selkirk Fire Rescue & EMT. Technical help donated by Video Security Technology. See more below about the project’s many other supporters. To all… thank you!

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Welcome

to the Sandpoint Osprey Cam. Located at the Sandpoint, Idaho, War Memorial Field on Lake Pend Oreille, the osprey cam here was first installed in Autumn 2011 on a nest atop field lights that had been used historically by ospreys for several decades. During field renovations in 2020, the nest was moved to its own lakeside pole.

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The Memorial Field Ospreys

Memorial Field is home an active osprey nest – as well as scores of community events each year, from soccer, baseball and football games to the annual Festival at Sandpoint summertime music series. From early spring, when the ospreys arrive in Sandpoint following their migration from Central and South America, until they head south in autumn, the ospreys are a ubiquitous presence at the field – occasionally upstaging the human events as they return to their nests carrying a squirming fish, or circle with their distinctive, whistling calls.

Osprey biology & FAQ

Lake Pend Oreille is an important nesting area for osprey, and these unique birds of prey have legions of fans among residents and visitors. They are the only raptors that eat fish exclusively, and they are consummate fishermen – putting on a thrilling show as they hover over the water, then plummet down and dive completely under to grab fish. Thanks toJanie Veltkamp of Birds of Prey Northwest and Sandpoint Online’s nestwatcher Robin Werner, read more about these fascinating birds on our osprey FAQ (page currently undergoing restoration). 

The nest cam project

The opportunity to place a web cam on the Memorial Field nest arose when the city undertook replacement of the aging light poles at the field in Autumn 2011. Two of the old poles held nests that ospreys had built directly on the light arrays, a hazardous arrangement as the lights can get very hot during evening events. Their replacement poles were built with nesting platforms above the lights. Subsequently, in Spring 2020 as part of major field renovations, a new pole was erected just for the osprey nest, in a location near the field’s boat ramp, more proximate to the lake.

This cam project is a collaboration among many supporters. It was proposed to the City of Sandpoint Parks Department by staff at Keokee media + marketing, which produces Sandpoint Online, and embraced by director Kim Woodruff and parks staff. The cam, network and computer equipment, plus implementation and management of the streaming video, are provided by Sandpoint Online. The city’s utility partner, Avista, provides critical financial and infrastructure support. The city firemen with Selkirk Fire Rescue & EMT provide essential maintenance at the nest each year. Vyve Broadband is providing the high-bandwidth Internet connection through its new fiber optic network in Sandpoint. Kerry Berg of Video Security Technology in Sandpoint leads the camera equipment installation. Raptor biologist Janie Veltkamp of Birds of Prey Northwest, a raptor conservation and rescue group based in St. Maries, is consulting as biologist for the project. Many others have contributed, including Lake Pend Oreille Cruises, sponsoring fundraisers;  Ron’s Electric staff providing electrical service; local birder Rich DelCarlo; architect Sean Fitzpatrick; and Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Project providing initial advice.

Sandpoint Osprey Nest Observations
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Lori
2022-05-21 11:46:12am PST
It's alot to explain, rather exhausting actually. 💝 But in a nutshell, we believe that from the beginning that there has been another female, and possibly a male as well, fighting for this nest. We believe that this caused so much upheaval, that Pete was uncertain if he should continue to build or not. That is a very VERY simplified version of what we've seen. Do you follow our Facebook page?

Cindi J
2022-05-21 01:40:52pm PST
Nope. It has turned into It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!

Lori
2022-05-21 06:10:50pm PST
Pete?

Robin W
2022-05-21 06:21:44pm PST
I can't tell, just got out of the shower, but you know he likes to perch there and do his pirate pose!!

Robin W
2022-05-21 06:28:26pm PST
Too bad the cam got out of whack, figures that would be where the osprey goes!! 😀

Lori
2022-05-21 07:01:26pm PST
Nobody is on the perch now.

Lori
2022-05-21 07:35:12pm PST
I'm at the nest. Pete is on the right perch! 💕

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October 14

Our Nestwatcher Robin Werner provides this final word on the 2020 season for our osprey family.

New fledgling Bonner asks: “What do you mean I have to get my own fish now?”