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Blue Herons have returned to Vernon

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

The herons are found throughout the region, but a significant population nests in the protected area known as the Vernon Wetlands.

The large birds have returned to the Vernon region to mate. One favorite nesting spot is just NE of 24th street and 48th ave in a grove of tall trees on a property designated as a bird sanctuary.

Besides the safety of the tall trees to raise their chicks, food is readily available at Swan Lake, only a short flight away.

Over a dozen nests were visible from below and there are likely many more hidden in the branches.

In 2015, a powerful wind storm swept through the region, killing several Blue Herons and damaging a number of nests.

Fortunately, the population appears to be on the rebound.

Now is the best time to see the Blue Herons. The mating season is from March to May.

If you're lucky, you'll catch the herons as they perform elaborate courtship displays,

including dancing, calling, and presenting each other with sticks and other nesting materials.



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