Source: Trent University
WARNING DISCLAIMER! Nature is beautiful but can be graphic.
The Osprey Cam displays raw, unfiltered nature that might include wildlife interactions and weather calamities that we cannot control. We are just observers. Viewers may see the birds eating prey items at any point and may find these images disturbing. Ospreys mainly eat fish, but also opportunistically feed on small birds. Ospreys usually have two to four young in the spring, and the eggs are laid a couple of days apart. Older offspring may push younger hatchings out of the nest in competition for food. These are natural behaviours. Following the Migratory Bird Act, Trent will not interfere with life in the nest.
Most ideas start with a lightbulb moment. The Trent Osprey Cam was no different. A lightbulb high on the pole where the osprey nest is located in Justin Chiu Stadium on Trent’s Symons Campus needed to be changed. This was an ideal time to install a camera.
The Osprey Cam is just one example of the advantages of Trent’s natural environment here along the banks of the Otonabee River in Peterborough, Ontario. Situated on approximately 1400 acres of trees, open fields, streams, and lush forest, the campus provides a unique learning environment for students and leading researchers, and is home to over 100 innovative undergraduate academic programs and 40 graduate programs. As one of Canada’s leading environmental universities, Trent is renowned for research in conservation biology, climate change, water quality and wildlife DNA analysis. Our undergraduate programs in Biology and Environmental Science are ranked among the top 20 university programs in Canada. Here at Trent, 60% of Trent’s lands are also dedicated green spaces.