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

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. Ongoing information provided on this page about osprey biology  is provided by Janie Veltkamp of Birds of Prey Northwest. Also, Sandpoint Online’s official Nestwatcher, Robin Werner, provides and curates daily posts on the Sandpoint Osprey Nest Friends Facebook page (requires joining the group)

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 then-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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Robin
2024-02-17 08:27:21am PST
😮

Linda
2024-02-17 12:07:50pm PST
I think Union Bay is in Seattle. Ronda can correct me if I’m wrong🙂

Ronda
2024-02-17 12:27:37pm PST
Yes, Linda, UNBA is in Seattle. Our Osprey do not return until April 2. But I thought it was great news that early migrators are already this far north!

Robin
2024-02-18 11:24:03am PST
Pretty amazing!! Thanks, Linda and Ronda! I really don't want to be negative, I just know sometimes other birds can be mistaken for ospreys, but as a cam viewer we only know what we see from the cam and what others report from around the area. If an osprey was sited, the ospreys surely know what they are doing. Makes me cold thinking about diving into the cold northern waters! 😀

Lori
2024-02-19 02:47:18pm PST
I'm not sure what's going on with the new camera.... but I'd love to have this camera turned around in preparation for the new season. I miss seeing the nest .❤ Hello everyone 👋

Kimm W
2024-02-20 08:01:39am PST
Hello Lori, I think Robin will probably do a post as soon as she hears on the new camera. A few other people have requested the camera be turned as well. Not much longer now. Can't wait to see our Osprey again. I hope all is well with you and your shoulder.

Lori
2024-02-20 02:10:07pm PST
Thanks Kimm 💖

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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?”