Herons Return to Stanley Park

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”) is reporting that the Pacific great blue herons have returned to their nesting site in Stanley Park after successful 2012 season. This is the 13th year the herons have nested in the park and they have started to return to the trees above the Park Board’s Administrative Offices and the tennis courts over the last week.

Herons // click image to enlarge
Photo credit: CogitoErgoShoot on Flickr

Kits Beach Heron Great Blue Heron
Photo credit: kerberos25 & Steve Goodyear on Flickr

PHOTO - Today in Vancouver: Serenading the Herons
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According to the SPES, last year, 117 nests were counted in the colony and 86 of these were occupied by heron pairs. In total, an estimated 169 young herons fledged from the colony in 2012, 69 more than in 2011 and 49 more than in 2010.

The nests are quite the sight to see but you don’t want to get too close. There are fences in place to reduce disturbances to the colony and to protect visitors from falling debris. The colony is also at risk from predators like raccoons.

Stanley Park Seawall 002
Photo credit: Kyle Bailey – Da Big Cheeze on Flickr

English Bay
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

To support the research and protection of these birds you can join the SPES Adopt-a-Nest program and follow updates from the Stanley Park Ecology Society on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. Robyn WorcesterThursday, March 7th, 2013 — 2:32pm PDT

    Thanks for posting!
    I love those photographs. So amazing.
    It is so great to see the herons back for another season. I am super lucky to be able to monitor the colony every week. If anyone wants more info or to see the reports we make several times per season check out: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/conservation/urban-wildlife/herons/

  2. WendyHThursday, March 7th, 2013 — 9:01pm PDT

    Love love love the Herons…

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