New ‘osprey cam’ at state park
For seven years, visitors to Smith Mountain Lake State Park could watch nesting osprey live via a closed-circuit camera system. Now, all can see the majestic “fish hawks” on a new website. According to a press release, the special nesting platform and 25-foot pole were first erected near the lake in 2004, with funds from Appalachian Power Company, the Virginia Society of Ornithology, and the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park. The park is on the north shore of the lake in Bedford County.