Release Date: 04-29-2021Lamoine, ME- A live camera feed from an osprey platform in Lamoine is now accessible for public viewing at versantpower.com/osprey. The osprey camera is powered entirely by solar energy and is situated on a newly built osprey platform that overlooks Mud Creek. Around coastal areas like Lamoine, ospreys tend to build nests at the top of utility poles, which presents a danger to the birds while raising the risk of disruptions to electric service. After a 2020 incident with an osprey nest built on a utility pole in Lamoine, Versant Power crews wanted to prevent a future safety risk to the birds as well as the public. As a result, Versant employees designed and built an alternate nesting platform near the pole where the ospreys originally built their nest. The platform was built with ospreys' preferences in mind and required Versant's environmental team as well as the expertise of outside environmental groups, including the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Because ospreys like to be at the tallest point above the water, Versant crews replaced an existing utility pole with a taller one. Crews installed a square platform with no coverings, as experts tell us the birds prefer to look down and hunt for fish below without any obstructions overhead. "We are happy to see ospreys have returned to this location and are using the platform our crews created just for them, rather than building nests on distribution infrastructure," said Versant Power President John Flynn, "We know the osprey camera will provide Mainers of all ages an opportunity to view and learn about ospreys in real time and are optimistic that our communities will enjoy it for years to come."Ospreys are federally protected birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The intent of the Versant Power osprey camera is solely to allow the public to observe the birds. For more information about the osprey camera, please visit versantpower.com/osprey. Versant Power is committed to delivering safe, reliable electric service. As the state's second-largest electric utility, the company delivers electricity to more than 159,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers across 10,400 square miles in five counties in eastern and northern Maine.