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Volunteer, Rick Lawrence and technician, Brittany Currier, making observations from the wetland edge.

Volunteer, Rick Lawrence and technician, Brittany Currier, making observations from the wetland edge.

This Thursday, I had the pleasure of going out in the field with volunteer, Rick Lawrence, and technician, Brittany Currier.  This was my first heron colony visit of the season and it was a rewarding one.  Despite post-holing through snow to get to the colony wetland, the day was relatively warm and more importantly, sunny!  When we reached the colony edge, I immediately noticed one adult great blue heron standing on one of the nests, and a second flying off in the background.

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Last Wednesday I took to the field to check out a great blue heron colony that I have only seen once during an aerial survey in 2009.  Since then, a volunteer has been monitoring the colony on the ground.  I finally made personal contact with the landowners this year and made a date to meet them and take a walk through the woods to the beaver flowage that housed the snags that held the heron nests. 

As we approached the wetland, we quieted ourselves knowing that our presence could easily disturb the nesting herons.  We ducked in and out of brush and young trees and snuck our way stealthily towards an opening at the water’s edge.

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