Eagles return, drive entire colony of herons out of Kiwanis Ravine

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By Martha Kang and Liam Moriarty
Monday, May 13, 2013 15:01 AM

 

Credit Philip Maser / Heron Habitat Helpers
A great blue heron is seen building a nest at Commodore Park.

 

The great blue heron is one of Washington’s most iconic birds, as is the bald eagle. Now, it seems eagle attacks on heron nests are driving herons to abandon the largest colony in Seattle. And volunteers are asking local residents to help them figure out where the herons have gone.

For more than a decade, Pam Cahn has monitored the dozens of heron nests at Kiwanis Ravine near Discovery Park in northwest Seattle. The volunteer citizen-scientist has kept track of eggs laid, chicks hatched and fledglings flown, then sent the data to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for record-keeping.

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