Xcel Energy Bird Cam Info

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March 23, 2018
There will be a camera outage starting Saturday, Mar 24 at 7:20 p.m. MDT and will be completed by Saturday, Mar 24 at 8:20 PM MDT.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

February 19, 2018
The third eagle egg was laid on February 19 at 5:35 p.m. MT. It was a cold and snowy day, but we need to remind ourselves these birds are built to live in these conditions. Also, a note about the cameras not being available during snow conditions. There are solar panels that provide power to the cameras when they are covered with snow there is no power. Thank you for you patience as we work through some of our other technical issues.

February 15, 2018
The second eagle egg was laid on February 15 at 9:35 p.m. MT. This nesting pair has historically laid 2-3 eggs. We anticipate a third egg within the next couple of days. You can watch the video of the second egg being laid, one of the FSV Facebook members recorded the event.

February 12, 2018
The first eagle egg was laid February 12 around 10:08 p.m. MT. This nesting pair has historically laid 2-3 eggs. We anticipate the additional eggs will be laid within the next few days. It's an exciting time to watch the nest activities, and we do want to apologize for the technical issues we have been experiencing with our cameras and network. The IT team is working hard to keep the cameras up and running and in focus! Eagle Cam One is the newest HD camera we installed last fall and at this time seems to be the most reliable.

October 20, 2017
In August Raptor Resource Project and Xcel Energy employees ventured out the to Eagle's nest for some routine maintenance, this included cleaning the camera lens, adding a second HD camera and collecting prey remains. The collection of remains have been identified and you may be surprised to find out what the Eagles are eating. Part one focused on mammals and part two focuses on fish. Many thanks goes out to the RPP group, FSV staff and IT support!


In 1989, a plant employee spotted a rare peregrine falcon at our Allen S. King Plant in Oak Park Heights, Minn. That became the start of a nest box program and bird cam web feature that have drawn wide attention and been duplicated by utilities around the world.

Peregrine falcons began disappearing from their natural habitats during the 1950s, and by 1965, they had virtually disappeared from the eastern United States, with only a handful remaining in the Rocky Mountains. In an effort to save the peregrine falcon we became active partners with the Raptor Resource Project to design and install a nest box for peregrines at the King Plant. The nest box became the home to Mae, a peregrine famed for her longevity and parenting skills.

As the peregrine population grew, so did our power plant nest project; which included active nest boxes at nearly all of our Minnesota power plants.

In 1997, we wanted to increase conservation awareness efforts and provide the public with opportunities to watch the birds and their families grow each spring. Our very first Bird Cam cameras were installed in the King Plant falcon nest.

Twenty years after the first peregrine falcon was spotted flying around our power plant site, the company has produced 1,000 young falcons. Today the peregrine, whose name means "wanderer," soars Midwestern skies once more and is no longer listed as an endangered species.

Our partnership with the Raptor Resource Project and the countless support they provide allows us to continuously raise conservation awareness and strive to create the best nesting homes for these riveting raptors. RRP help us at Xcel Energy maintain and improve the bird cams to create optimal viewing capabilities. We believe in our environmental responsibility to respect the creatures surrounding our power plants and the help and support we receive from both the Raptor Resource Project and you as viewers are greatly appreciated.

Interested in corresponding with other Bird Cam viewers? Join the Bird Cam Forum available through the Raptor Resource Project.

Educational Opportunities

Bird Cam offers great educational opportunities for the general public, birding enthusiasts and students.

  1. Energy Classroom, our interactive online site designed to teach 3rd - 5th grade students about energy and conservation, features a unit on Power & Wildlife that provides more information about eagles, owls, osprey, and peregrine falcons.
  2. Through the Xcel Energy Foundation, we have partnered with HawkQuest, an environmental raptor education group, to develop classroom curriculum that incorporates Bird Cam. Teachers interested in using Bird Cam in the classroom can find this curriculum on the HawkQuest website.

As open space and natural habitat gradually disappear with development, the property surrounding our plants and other facilities can continue to provide valuable habitat. We participate in a number of activities to help protect wildlife, including hosting conservation projects on our properties and working to protect birds around electrical facilities.

Location and Nesting Times

American bald eagles at Fort St. Vrain, Platteville, Colo., in late January through July.

Great horned owl cam at the Fort St. Vrain Station, Platteville, Colo., in late January through May.

Peregrine falcon cams at Allen S. King Plant, Oak Park Heights, Minn., and Sherburne County (Sherco) Plant, Becker, Minn., in late February through early July.

Great Blue Herons at Riverside, Minneapolis, Minn., in late March through late July. Off line until further notice.

Kestrel cams at Pawnee, Brush, Colo., in late February through late July.