A Heron Success Story

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The following is an update from Sue Ehler, one of our many volunteers dedicated to the “Skagit Heron Observation and Monitoring” teams that monitor local heron behaviors and populations from April-September annually. These volunteers work in conjunction with volunteers like Jim and Levy S., who monitor the rookery from the heron camera inside the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center. You can always check out a live view of the heron rookery on March’s Point here.  You can read the story about the late May windstorm that knocked this heron out of it’s nest here. This is truly a success story and we are proud to have one more heron foraging along Padilla Bay, thanks to the huge number of volunteers involved in this project!

 

Hi Heron Teams!

 

Just wanted to give you an update on the young heron Jim and Levy rescued from the floor of the March Pt. heronry after that terrible wind storm now many weeks ago.  As you know it and three others were transported to Wolf Hollow where they tried to help all four, but only one survived. But boy did it survive!

 

The whole release was caught on cell phone video – it’s a fantastic record!  The bird enthusiastically popped out of the crate, flapped strongly and then glided beautifully over the shoreline of Padilla Bay.  Back to where it was meant to be.  I’d say one lucky heron!

 

I’d also say congratulations to all of us again –  our studies and the information we’ve collected over the past few years has again helped a member of the heronry.  First, the nest monitoring team knew the chicks would need help after the storm, went in to find survivors and got them to Wolf Hollow.  And then when it was time for the bird’s release, our foraging data helped to determine when and where would be the best time and place for it’s release back home.  And of course there’s a huge thanks to Wolf Hollow for the many, many hours of care, not to say hundreds? of fish it took to raise and successfully release this beautiful bird.

 

So as the survey season winds down this year, there’s one more heron out there to spot again next year!

 

Sue