Bird’s-Eye View: McEuen cameras provide up-close look at osprey nests


Three cameras perched high above McEuen Park provide an opportunity to view osprey nesting in their natural habitat. Osprey have been nesting on the poles since the mid-1980s. Parks and recreation director Steve Anthony said initially, it is believed the birds were attracted to the warmth of the lights on the 70-foot poles, used to illuminate the ballfield before the park reconstruction. Since the osprey had established themselves on the poles, the nests were not removed as part of the redevelopment project. “We see it as another park amenity,” Anthony said. 

This project was made possible by the generous contributions from the following groups;

By the many friends of Roger Young, a former educator, outdoor enthusiast, birder and lifetime resident of
Coeur d’Alene


Dr. Mary Sanderson, in memory of Jim Elder, a community activist, volunteer and longtime
Coeur d'Alene resident


Cameras were installed by;

Thorco Inc. of Coeur d'Alene, ID

City of Coeur d'Alene

Cameras were donated by;

Ednetics Inc. of Postfalls, ID

Open Eye of Liberty Lake, WA