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Support the Stanley Park Ecology Society by adopting a heron nest. A nest adoption is just $54 for the 2018 nesting season and it supports efforts to learn more about the amazing great blue herons and to protect their homes within Stanley Park. A nest adoption is a perfect present for family members, co-workers or friends. Adopt a nest yourself and feel good about your efforts to protect wildlife under threat in Stanley Park.

In recent years, great blue herons have nested in unprecedented numbers in Stanley Park. and visitors can observe around 117 nests in 25 trees. The Stanley Park Ecology Society’s staff and volunteers have been monitoring these threatened birds to track their success in raising chicks and to provide information about them to city officials, local residents and visitors.

Why do herons need our help?

Although the Stanley Park heronry is thriving, great blue herons are a Species at Risk. Nearly 80% of all great blue herons in BC are found in and around the Fraser River Delta. This means the productivity of this one heronry has implications for the viability of the subspecies as a whole. This vulnerable species needs protection, understanding, and community support if it is to survive the increasing urban development of the region.

Adopt a Heron packages include:

  • A Certificate of Adoption
  • Printed information about Stanley Park’s great blue herons
  • Updates on the status of the heron colony and your nest throughout the season
  • An annual heronry report
  • A tour for the adopter and a friend of the heronry during a Discovery Walk offered each spring

Register online or if you’d like more information send us an email.

If you are looking to adopt a nest as a Christmas gift please register before December 15th to allow us time to take payment and deliver to you or your recipient in time. Any adoptions received after December 15th will be sent in the new year.

A Special Note for Educators – sponsor a great blue classmate for your students

Consider inviting a new blue classmate to your school. Engage your class or school in a real-life conservation initiative by adopting a heron nest as a class or school project. Get your students involved in learning about these fascinating birds. Great blue herons remain at risk and your class will help raise a healthy family by sponsoring a nest in one of the largest urban heron colonies in the world.