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Osprey Camera

March 21, 2013

Update: Winter 2015/16

Our osprey camera is offline for the winter season. We experienced camera problems this summer and couldn’t retrieve it without disturbing the birds. Check back in the spring 2016 (around April) for new updates and view the osprey returning. Thanks for watching.

Here are some highlights from the past years. Enjoy


People are also encouraged to stop in the Dickinson County Nature Center to check out the osprey display inside, featuring a new timeline full of information, a replica osprey nest full of hidden items and more.

Thank you to the sponsors and helpers that made the Osprey Camera possible

  • Prairie Lakes Audubon Society
  • Bedell World Citizenship Fund
  • Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County
  • Dickinson County Conservation Board
  • ITC Utilities
  • Alissa Julius
  • Berkley “Bucky” Bedell
  • James Sessions, JES Hardware Solutions
  • Naturalist Charles Vigdal


29 Responses to Osprey Camera

  1. Donna
    August 3, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    By now I’m sure the osprey chicks have fledged and probably are still in and out of the nest. Kiley, could you or someone there post a comment to let us know how they are doing and how many chicks there are this year please?

  2. Donna
    May 3, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Good Morning, cam looks hopeful, back to black screen with buffer circle. Maybe waiting for batteries to recharge. This next week is supposed to be rainy but will keep hoping for sunshine.

    • Chimega
      May 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      I am not seeing anything but a white rectangle that says Embedding Not Allowed. Are we not going to have a cam this year?

      • kiley
        May 6, 2015 at 8:11 am

        I’m sorry, we are having some technical issues that we are trying to sort through. We are hoping to have a camera up and running within the next few weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  3. Donna
    April 30, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I’m still checking in several times a day, was so hoping to watch this cam this year. :(

    • kiley
      May 5, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      We’re sorry for the disappointment! We are sad it’s not working too! She’s on her eggs though, we can see her head peeking out atop the nest!

  4. Spanky
    April 30, 2015 at 11:02 am

    (o,o) !!!!!!!!

  5. Spanky
    April 28, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    (~,~) z zz zzz

  6. Shirley Johnson
    April 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    It now says “embedding not allowed”.
    I don’t know what that means.

    • kiley
      April 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm


      It is just a part of the issues that we are working through. We are close to solving the problem! Thanks for your patience!

  7. Donna
    April 17, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Cam still not working, could someone please tell us if there is a problem with it?

    • kiley
      April 21, 2015 at 8:57 am

      There are some undetermined issues unfortunately. I’m sorry for the inconvenience. We’re trying to diagnose the problem.

  8. Donna
    April 12, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Was hoping cam would be charged up after two days of some sun, will check back again

  9. Donna
    April 8, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    No sun….no cam. Supposed to be sunny on Friday, fingers crossed.

  10. Spanky
    April 5, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Its dad that has the leg bands right?

    • kiley
      April 6, 2015 at 8:27 am

      That is correct!

    • Pam
      April 6, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks for the info Spanky. I didn’t know that about the male. So have you seen both the female & the male?

      • Spanky
        April 20, 2015 at 8:33 am

        No, just the male so far!

  11. Donna
    April 4, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Nestorations are underway. I’ve see new sticks brought in, rearranging old sticks, some digging in the nest bowl and even a good old Iowa cornhusk has been added for decoration.

    • Pam
      April 4, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Donna,
      This is so much fun to watch. The tower is practically in our back yard and I can easily walk to the Nature Center. This is my first year to watch ospreys here. Pretty awesome. The nest looks better and better each day. Very good builder. (:

      • Donna
        April 7, 2015 at 11:14 am

        Pam, how nice for you to be so close to the nest. I’m going to try to make a day trip to the Nature Center this summer about the time the young ones fledge to watch them come and go.

        • Pam
          April 15, 2015 at 9:48 am


          If and when you visit the Nature Center, it would be nice to meet you and discuss nature stuff. Just email me whenever it works. Or you could stop by our house and we could walk the trail up to the Nature Center together. I am a volunteer there.


          Make it a great day in Nature!!


  12. Pam
    April 3, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Wow! This osprey is very busy today preparing the nest. Too bad we can’t tell the male from the female. Does anyone know if they both build the nest. I haven’t seen two of the ospreys at the same time.


    • kiley
      April 6, 2015 at 8:28 am


      They will both work on the nest, and the male is banded so that is a way to tell them apart!

  13. Donna
    April 1, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    The wind is terrible in Iowa today so thought I would check the nest cam and Hooray, the osprey is back! It’s facing into the wind and hanging on so I can’t tell who it is but so happy to see the season has begun. :)

  14. Donna
    March 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Several other osprey cams I watched last year are up and running now with activity on the nests. I’m looking forward to watching the Iowa osprey again this year and am wondering if they have returned to the nest yet. Hopefully we’ll have better luck with the cam this year throughout the season.

    • kiley
      March 25, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      We are getting the camera up and running and have changed the angle of the solar panels to ensure better absorption of the sun so the power should be more consistent this year! The osprey are not back on the nest yet, but they have been spotted making their ways north so we hope to see them soon!

      • Donna
        March 26, 2015 at 8:25 am

        Thank you, Kiley and to all those involved in providing this cam for us to watch and learn from

      • Spanky
        April 5, 2015 at 2:10 pm

        I like the new camera angle!

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