Osprey Management Program

Osprey Management Program

From late March to September in Nova Scotia, ospreys are a common sight, as they love to build their huge nests up in high, clear places, such as on the tops of power poles.

Since 1979, Nova Scotia Power has been working to protect the osprey, a once endangered species and the official bird of Nova Scotia. Through the Osprey Management Program, our power line technicians and environment team work closely with the Department of Lands and Forestry to relocate threatened nests from atop live utility poles to safer, unused poles placed nearby. We only relocate nests when absolutely necessary, to ensure the safety of our crews and to protect the nesting osprey.

Osprey Cam

The Osprey Cam attracts thousands of viewers from around the world with a “bird’s eye view” of a pair of nesting osprey in Nova Scotia.

We are excited to partner with the NSCC’s Centre of Geographic Sciences to launch a new Osprey Cam on campus in 2021*. The featured osprey pair have been returning to their nest for over 10 years. The nesting platform was set up through our Osprey Management Program in 2009 to ensure the birds could safely nest away from nearby power lines.

Each year, we partner with Nova Scotia Webcams and the Museum of Natural History to share the osprey family with the world. We’re proud of the fan base built by the Osprey Cam over the years and thank everyone for their support. As always, you can connect with us via the #OspreyCamNS hashtag.

Tune in to the Osprey Cam

*After over 10 years on camera, we said a fond farewell to our resident osprey parents – Oscar and Ethel – as we safely relocated their nest to another nesting platform within their territory in 2021. This was to ensure they wouldn’t be disturbed by construction below their original nesting site. Unfortunately, their new location wasn't suitable for a webcam. We worked on this solution with a number of community partners and environmental stakeholders, with the safety of the birds always as our top priority.