Stanley Park herons go live online

For those that are interested, you are now able to get up close and personal with Stanley Park's herons using a new webcam that is streaming their nests live online.  You can view the long-legged Pacific great blue herons as they go about their daily lives - courting, mating, laying eggs and hatching in early April.

Stanley Park is home to one of North America's largest urban heron colonies and the camera will take viewers right inside their nests in the trees near the park board's head office.

Last year the heron colony had 116 nests and produced 131 fledgling herons.  Herons have been nesting in the park since at least 1921.  There are about 4,000 to 5,000 herons in Canada and the Pacific great blue heron has been disgnated a 'special concern' under the Species at Risk Act.

Great blue herons returned to Stanley Park in February.

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