City of Loveland Open Lands & Trails supports habitat for birds of prey (raptors) by conserving open space and natural areas and providing specialized structures for nesting. Working together with local organizations and volunteers, nest platforms for osprey and nest boxes for barn owls and kestrels have been installed. Live webcams at these nests provide real-time information and data about the birds during the nesting season. The cameras stream live video available 24/7 while birds are actively nesting.
Osprey Nest Cam
The osprey is a fish-eating bird of prey that nests near water sources such as rivers and lakes. It is a large raptor, reaching more than two feet in length with a nearly six-foot wingspan. It is brown on the upper parts and predominantly light greyish to white on the underparts. Its head is mostly white with a broad brown stripe through the eye. The presence of Osprey suggest a healthy ecosystem.
Barn Owl Nest Cam
Volunteers from the local nonprofit Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute (CARRI) assist by installing nest boxes for barn owls and kestrels on open lands property with live nest cams available 24/7. For more information about these beneficial species, please visit the CARRI website.
Kestrel Nest Cam - coming soon
American Kestrel & Barn Owl Banding
Each season, we band the birds before they fledge the nests. This may include taking measurements of wing and tail span and logging each band number into a database. If the birds return or we find them elsewhere, we'll know where they came from and can learn more based on their migratory and flight patterns.