What does a teenage Great Blue Heron look like?
Heron Habitat Helpers is a Seattle organization which helps the public enjoy, learn about and protect our local Great Blue Heron population. There is a heron nesting site which can be viewed from Commodore Park on the south side of the Ballard Locks (Lake Washington Ship Canal). HHH is inviting everyone to come for the final viewing event of the season to see the herons who are about to fledge and leave their nests. The heron chicks are now full grown teenagers!
HHH will host the final nest-viewing event of the season on Saturday, June 25th from 1 to 3 PM. Look through telescopes and ask questions to learn more about our favorite quirky bird of Seattle. The event is free and all are welcome. See you at Commodore Park, on the south side of the the Ballard fish ladder.
There’s a large rookery at the Kenmore Park and Ride as well. The most recent edition of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s newsletter featured many interesting details on herons too.
Heron-watching is fun — the volunteers can predict when the young heron will fledge by noting the time from the day that eggs are laid. http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/heroncam/heron_facts.html