The Osprey Web Cam Project originated from a group that was formed in the Fall of 2008 intent on assembling a camera set up on the Swan Building parking lot light pole in order to broadcast images of the nesting Osprey over the internet. The purpose of the camera was to take advantage of such a unique situation and bring real time behavior into the classroom for simultaneous discussion during college courses. Nest building and courtship feeding were among some of the details directly observed by students in the classroom. Eventually a variety of students enrolled in summer courses observed egg-laying, incubation, hatching, and chick feeding behavior.
Our Osprey Web Cam group meets regularly to discuss ways to constantly improve the camera set up. We believe that the project reflects a positive environmental awareness that almost becomes contagious to all internet viewers that tune in. It gives people something to root for, something to look forward to, something to feel good about. In other words if the Campus Osprey are doing well, perhaps we are doing something right out there.
When people like you donate funds to the project, you contribute directly to the cost of all of the effort conducted behind the scenes required to deliver that unique peek into the private lives of such interesting birds. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to establish a connection to something as wild and wonderful as the campus osprey.
The Ferris State University Osprey Web Cam Project