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21 April 2023 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm PDT

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Whether you are on the shoreline of the seawall, the banks of Beaver Lake, or at the lovely Lost Lagoon, one giant bird is often found standing stoic and still. The Pacific great blue heron is an iconic species in Stanley Park and is as beloved as they are intriguing. Are they modern-day dinosaurs? How do they catch fish so expertly? How long do they live and how do they raise their young? Find out the answers to these heron queries with SPES Urban Wildlife Programs Coordinator Nadia Xenakis in the first installment of our annual series, “The Herons are Here”!   


Look to the skies – the herons are here! In fact, an incredible Pacific great blue heron (Ardea herodias) colony has called Stanley Park home for over 100 years. Follow along with our annual series, The Herons are Here, to learn all about these modern-day dinosaurs. Learn heron history, discover the drama of heron nesting and rearing, and stay updated on the 2023 heron surveying season. Through online programs, an exciting rookery visit with SPES Conservation staff, and stunning photography by SPES bird expert and volunteer Frank Lin, you can become a heron hero! Participants who register for all three installments (Heron Hero Pass) will receive a 25% discount. See you in the trees!    

Register here for all three installments (Heron Hero Pass) to receive a 25% discount! 


*Tickets must be purchased in advance. Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale – you choose what you pay! Your contributions help us bring you more online programs like this one!  Ticket sales close 30 minutes before the start of the program.      


**This program will take place on Zoom, so please make sure you have Zoom downloaded well in advance of the webinar.  A Zoom link can be found within your confirmation email and will also be sent the day before the start of the program. Only one ticket required per household.       


We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather and help steward is the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived reciprocally with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, which enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish peoples.    

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