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WildWatchcams
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600 N Capitol Way
Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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Geoffry and Dee,
Jean Balman and Octaman
 
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OSPREY

The Osprey Cam Story

A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist identified and assessed a recently damaged osprey nest-platform for possible repair and installation of a WildWatchcam to observe the nesting behavior and prey species being utilized by the birds. It was determined that for this project to be effective, most materials and technical assistance would need to be donated to the project. The dedicated team quickly developed--the private landowners Jean and Regan; an expert wood craftsman, Geoffrey Carson and his wife Dee who donated platform materials, shop and hours of time to design and construct the new osprey platform; and a highly skilled climber, Tim Brown, who used block and tackle to safely lower many pounds of old platform debris lodged in the huge Douglas-fir to the ground and raised the new light-weight but sizeable platform to the very top of the 180' tree. The team was coordinated by local WDFW wildlife biologist Michelle Tirhi and the camera aspects covered by WDFW WildWatchcam coordinator Chuck Gibilisco and Americorps assistant Lauren Seyda. Two work days were required to install and activate the new nest platform and camera. Many volunteer hours and dollars were contributed to this project.

Once again, we'd like to give especial thanks to Jean and Regan, who have loved watching the Ospreys come and go over the years and helped so much to make that an ongoing tradition.  We hope you enjoy the views!


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Dedicated team members

The tree and immediate site

Ropes, pulleys and other equipment
being checked by climber Tim Brown

WDFW staff disconnects old nest platform
debris and rotten tree-top from ropes

New osprey nest platform
on it’s way to the tree-top

Tim Brown attaches the
platform to the Douglas fir top