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June 23 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm PDT

Location: Nature House

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Did you know that every spring, Pacific great blue herons take to over 100 nests to raise their young? And all at the intersection of Stanley Park and Downtown Vancouver? Don’t believe us? See for yourself! Join SPES staff for a special site visit to the Stanley Park heron rookery and learn all about how these beautiful and large birds navigate the canopy, build their nests, and raise their fledglings. You’ll also discover how Stanley Park Ecology Society stewards and supports the heron colony by protecting them from predators and monitoring their success in summer surveys. This is the second installment in our annual series, “The Herons are Here”!

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


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 natural history, discover the drama of heron nesting and rearing, and stay updated on the 2022 heron surveying season. Through online programs, plus 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!   

This program will meet at the Nature House on Lost Lagoon (located underneath the Lost Lagoon viewing platform near the intersection of Alberni and Chilco Streets).  Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of the program.      

 Accessibility note: This program requires moving on gravel, grass, and uneven pavement from the Nature House on Lost Lagoon, to the Stanley Park Great Blue Heron rookery (near the tennis courts and Stanley Park Brewing Company). If you have any questions about the accessibility of this program, please email Anna at publiced@stanleyparkecology.ca.

Masks are mandatory for indoor programs and strongly suggested for outdoor programs. 


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**All participants must pre-register for this program – NO DROP-INS ARE ALLOWED.  Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale – you choose what you pay!      


***This program is weather dependent.  Please check your email 12 hours before the program date/time to confirm it has not been cancelled due to inclement weather such as high winds, heavy rain or extreme heat.        


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*****Cancellation policy – We are accommodating refunds for cancellations due to illness to keep everyone healthy, but the number of recent cancellations is impacting our capacity to run these programs. If you must cancel, please let us know if you need a refund or if you are able to help us offer affordable programs for the public (we will continue to seek ways of subsidizing programs in this changing economic climate as well!)        


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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