Montezuma Osprey Nest-cam 2017

Update March 24, 2017. Preparations are underway to install a new camera for the Osprey nest. New cables are now in place that were installed over the winter. We expect to have the new camera up and running as soon as the ice goes out and we can access the platform by canoe.


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Osprey nest camera 2016 Images are updated every 30 seconds. Hours of operation are 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM in the Eastern Daylight Time Zone. At other times you will see the message "solar power dependent l" onscreen. Also, long periods of rain and clouds may cause interruption of solar powered camera and signal transmitter. Signal outage may continue for some time until sun can recharge the battery. (You may periodically get a blank picture when uploads coincide with image refresh.).

The osprey platform is located in a marsh on the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge about two miles from the Visitor Center. A single coaxial cable about 1500 feet long connects the camera which is mounted above the platform to a transmitter which is mounted some 65 feet up in a tree that has a clear view of the visitor center. The coaxial cable delivers power to the camera as well as video and audio to the transmitter by means of rf wideband modulator and demodulators. The transmitter, camera, and microphone are all powered from a solar collector that is mounted in an adjoining marsh. Power during periods of low sunlight is supplemented by a storage battery that receives its charge from the solar collector. The microwave signal is received at the visitor center where it can be viewed on a large screen monitor. The signal is then uploaded to the internet through a video server connected the T1 Internet connection at the refuge office.

General information about Ospreys

About the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge