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Versant Power’s Osprey Camera is back again this year!

Release Date:  05-03-2022

Lamoine, ME- An osprey pair that returns to Lamoine each spring has taken to its specifically designed nest platform, created by Versant Power to deter the birds from nesting near power lines, for a second year.  Versant crews installed a live-streaming solar powered camera on the platform that is available for public viewing 24/7 at versantpower.com/osprey.  

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Around coastal areas like Lamoine, ospreys tend to build nests at the top of utility poles, which presents a danger to the birds while raising safety concerns and risk of electrical service disruptions. In response to a nest near power lines catching fire in August of 2020, Versant employees designed and built an alternate nesting platform to protect the birds, the environment, and the public.

“We are happy to see the osprey pair return to their new, safer platform along Mud Creek for a second year,” said Versant Power President John Flynn, “We’ve heard from our employees and customers that they enjoyed watching the camera last year and we hope they continue to show interest in nature and environmental protection.”

Last year, the public had the opportunity to watch the osprey pair build up their nest, see their three chicks hatch, be fed, and grow. Ospreys generally lay their eggs in May, their chicks hatch in June, and they migrate south in August and September. For more information about the osprey camera as well as fun facts about ospreys, please visit versantpower.com/osprey.

Ospreys are federally protected birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Versant Power worked closely with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on this project. The intent of the osprey camera is solely to allow the public to observe the birds and Versant Power does not intervene in the natural processes of osprey nesting.

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