Build an Osprey Nest

OspreyWatch nest 1156

Platform design recommended by the International Osprey Foundation. OspreyWatch nest 1156

There are several good plans available for constructing your own osprey nest platform.

A few key features:

  • Base of nest platform should have multiple drain holes to prevent flooding during heavy rain.
  • Platforms build on land should include a predator guard to protect eggs and young from ground predators.
  • The nest should have at least one perch pole.
  • The nest platform should be able to support the weight of 300 lbs.
  • The nest platform should be at least 3′ x 3′.

 

Available plans:

  1. International Osprey Foundation
  2. New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife 

OspreyWatch nest 820

V platform design recommended by the State of New Jersey. OspreyWatch nest 820

OspreyWatch nest 389

V platform design recommended by the State of New Jersey. OspreyWatch nest 389

OspreyWatch Nest 488

Nest constructed as part of a class project. OspreyWatch Nest 488

OspreyWatch nest 461

Basic square platform with side perch. OspreyWatch nest 461

OspreyWatch nest 206

Wood pallets were used as the base of this nest platform. OspreyWatch nest 206

OspreyWatch Nest 176.

A plastic dish with drain holes is frequently used in Florida. OspreyWatch Nest 176