Bird Island Standley Lake

Broomfield, Colorado, United States

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Live Westminster Standley Lake Bird Island Cam!
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Experience the wonders of nature unfiltered with HDOnTap. As Aristotle wisely said, 'In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.' Our live streams embrace the untamed essence of the wild, showcasing nature's beauty and unpredictability. We observe without interference, allowing natural processes to unfold, from the beginning of life to its sustenance in the most natural ways possible. The Standley Lake Eagle cam, installed in winter 2017, and the Bird Island cam, relocated in March 2022, were made possible by the dedicated efforts of City of Westminster Open Space staff, partnering with companies like View Into The Blue, United Power, Sturgeon Electric, and Source Communications. Rest assured, our camera positioning is meticulously managed by park staff to minimize wildlife disturbance, ensuring you witness nature at its purest.

Of the estimated 14,000 nesting pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48 states, several have called Standley Lake home since 1993. The bald eagles caught the public’s eye the moment they arrived at the park. Due to intense interest in the eagles, park staff decided to install a live animal camera so that the public could observe the eagles more closely. After several years of planning and coordinating with U.S. Fish & Wildlife (due to the eagles' protected status), the project became a reality. In the Fall of 2016, the City of Westminster Open Space staff, the company View Into the Blue, and United Power, who donated all their time and manpower, installed the system. The camera gave staff and the public the opportunity to witness and celebrate the eagles' in their daily lives. On May 13, 2021, we all were devastated by the collapse of the nest.

Fortunately, the eagles have relocated to a new location and have built a new nest. The new location is located within the protected wildlife area of the park, but not in a location that is close enough to allow the camera signal to transmit to the Nature Center. In an effort to utilize the equipment and continue to give patrons an opportunity to connect to the wildlife here at the park, staff has relocated the camera to a location that will provide a live view of Westminster's largest rookery, Bird Island. Bird Island has over sixty active great blue heron nests and is a seasonal attraction for white pelicans, cormorants, gulls and a variety of waterfowl. The Standley Lake eagles and resident great horned owls often utilize the trees on Bird Island to hunt during the winter and spring months.

The relocation of the camera was made possible by many dedicated City of Westminster Open Space staff, Sturgeon Electric, Source Communications and HDonTap.