Osprey Naming Contest Takes Flight

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Osprey Naming Contest Takes Flight

July 13, 2011

Halifax, NS – Nova Scotians and wildlife enthusiasts all over the world have the opportunity to name the offspring of Nova Scotia’s well-known osprey pair, Ethel and Oscar.

2011 marks the fifth year that Nova Scotia Power and the Museum of Natural History have partnered to bring viewers the OspreyCam, which provides a real-time view of Ethel and Oscar, a nesting pair of osprey who have made an unused NS Power pole their home.

The feathered couple has returned for another season, welcoming two new additions to their family. With the help of followers from Nova Scotia and beyond, NS Power recently received over 140 submissions to name the two young osprey. NS Power staff selected the top 15 submissions based on creativity and originality. Popular submissions included Will & Kate, an homage to the new Royal couple; Rain & Drizzle, in reference to Nova Scotia’s spring weather; and Twitter & Tweet, intended to recognize the popular micro-blogging service used by NS Power and the Museum of Natural History to promote the OspreyCam.

Osprey fans will be able to vote until July 20 for their favourite names through an online poll at nspower.ca/osprey. The most popular pair of names, as determined by the public vote, will be given to the two baby osprey. Prizes from NS Power and the Museum of Natural History will be awarded to the follower who submitted the winning names, along with the runner-up.

"The Museum of Natural History is very proud of this relationship with Nova Scotia Power and we thank them for their commitment to this program. It allows the museum to engage with visitors in an exciting way and brings nature into their homes." said Janet Maltby, Manager, Museum of Natural History. "The ability to share these ospreys with a worldwide audience is a great opportunity."

The OspreyCam attracts thousands of viewers from around the world each year from May through August. The OspreyCam is part of NS Power’s Osprey Relocation Program. For over 15 years, NS Power employees have safely relocated threatened nests from atop power poles to safer, natural sites. Wildlife enthusiasts can see Ethel, Oscar and their offspring at http://museum.gov.ns.ca/osprey/

For more information, visit nspower.ca/osprey