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Streamed live on Mar 30, 2017
**Please note the Belwood Lake OspreyCam will be turned off on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.** The nest is no longer occupied by osprey nestlings and the remaining parent is away from the nest, or out of the camera's view, for considerable periods of time. Thank you.
The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) in Ontario, Canada operates the Belwood Lake OspreyCam strictly as an informational and educational tool, giving viewers an intimate glimpse into the fascinating world of an osprey family. If you are new to this webcam, please visit the Belwood osprey page of the Grand River Conservation Authority website to see the 2017 timeline (you can subscribe to receive updates), information and the embedded live stream link. You may also see updates on the Grand River Conservation Authority's Facebook and Twitter accounts. We may turn off the camera at any time with little or no warning, for technical and other reasons. If the camera goes off, the link may be lost and a new link established, if appropriate. Please be aware that the camera is not monitored around-the-clock by GRCA staff.
YouTube chat: - Participants are encouraged to report inappropriate comments and language. - Comments may be removed and users blocked. - Please ensure that comments are about this nest to minimize confusion. - GRCA staff do not monitor the chat or the webcam on an ongoing basis. - YouTube chat is not moderated, and those who are enabled with moderator tools are not speaking on behalf of the GRCA. Their comments are their own.
The intimacy of the webcam brings vast rewards, but also some risk. The lives of osprey are not easy; it is estimated that about 50 to 80 per cent of all osprey chicks do not survive their first year of life. Some of that danger comes in the nest. Based on consultation with osprey researchers, it is our policy to not intervene in the nest. Entering the nest, or removing animals deemed at risk by viewers, could potentially cause greater distress or threat to the health and well-being of the birds than allowing them to proceed without human intervention. We understand that many people disagree with this approach and we respect that viewpoint. Our hope is that they will attempt to do the same for us. In the extremely rare case of the animal being completely immobilized by human-introduced material such as string or rope, or if other issues develop, we will evaluate and consult with experts and proceed as they deem best. If you find watching too disturbing, we apologize and suggest that you stop watching.