Contest launched to name Osprey chicks

Contest launched to name Osprey chicks

The Golden Gate Audubon Society is holding a contest to name two Ospreys that recently hatched in a nest atop the historic Whirley Crane near the SS Red Oak Victory ship on Richmond’s waterfront.

In March, GGAS launched a camera surveillance system at the nest site to observe the behaviors of a female named “Rosie” and a male named “Richmond.”

The Ospreys have since produced two chicks: The first hatching on Friday, May 12 and the second on Sunday, May 14 – Mother’s Day.

Now, it’s time to name them. Osprey fans have through Sunday night, May 21, to submit names for the chicks here or the BayOspreys Facebook page.  Nest cam managers will choose finalists among the name submissions, which will then be voted upon by the public.

“It’s been amazing to have such close-up views as these chicks emerged from their eggs this past week,” said Cindy Margulis, executive director of Golden Gate Audubon.

The Osprey chicks will spend 50 to 55 days in the nest before they fledge (learn to fly), according to Margulis. The parents will take turns feeding them, warming them and protecting them from predators such as eagles and ravens. Other threats include exposure and lack of food.

Watch the live nest feed here. Keep up with highlights from the nest on Facebook here.