You can now watch two local nesting osprey from the comfort of your home. Cowlitz PUD and Cascade Networks have teamed up to launch a live video feed of an osprey nest in Longview.
When a pair of osprey began trying to nest on a PUD distribution pole in 2000, the utility set up an alternate nesting pole nearby the location to prevent any safety hazards. The pair has been using the alternate nest since then.
The osprey returned from their winter migration on March 25 and are now mating and preparing a nest, according to a Cowlitz PUD press release. The utility expects eggs to be laid soon.
Cascade Networks paid for and helped to set up the video feed, which can be seen online at www.cowlitzpud.org/ospreycam.php
If you want a say in naming the nesting stars, take the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/cowlitzpudospreynames.
A special Facebook page for the OspreyCam can be found at www.facebook.com/cowlitzpudospreycam/.
The utility is not widely publicizing the location of the nest in effort to protect the birds.
The Daily News, Longview, Wash.
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