Conservation Officers help rescue osprey as rising waters in Kootenay Lake threaten nest

Rising water nears nest

An osprey and her eggs are high and dry and safe and sound thanks to Conservation Officers and wildlife biologists.

Water levels on Kootenay Lake were rising to a point where an osprey nest was threatened with being swamped.

“The nest was close to being flooded and with the forecast calling for a further rise in water levels, it needed to be moved,” said a post on the BC Conservation Officer Service Facebook page.

The rescue unfolded in Kaslo Bay, and included Ministry of Forests wildlife bios, COs, a retired park ranger and a concerned citizen.

While rescuers approached in a COS boat, the mother osprey remained calm and watched the operation from a nearby tree.

“Very carefully, two eggs – which were secured in a warm cooler - and the nest were moved approximately 15 metres to a higher piling.”

Moments later, the mother Osprey returned to her newfound home.

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