Herons have been recorded in Stanley Park since 1921.
The heron cam provides the ultimate close-up view of one of North America's largest urban colonies of Pacific Great Blue Herons, a species at risk.
The colony, located behind Park Board offices in Stanley Park, is home to about 100 active nests which produced 138 fledgling herons in 2016.
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Over the next few weeks, look to the top of nearby trees—and even apartment buildings—for silhouettes of adult herons. At low tide, scan Vancouver’s beaches and shore lines for the birds hunting in shallow waters.
The best sign of their return is seeing the birds claiming nests in the colony.
Nobody knows exactly when the herons will return—or if this is the year the herons will change location. In 2016, these magnificent birds came back to the colony on February 19.
Park Board staff, along with the Stanley Park Ecology Society monitoring volunteers and staff are eagerly watching for the first signs of the herons returning to their nesting trees.
When the first chicks hatch in early April – watch both parents feed and protect their young from eagle and raccoon attacks. It’s the best nature show in town!
Heron behaviour you may see on the heron cam.
The Vancouver Park Board, along with our friends at Stanley Park Ecology Society, help sustain the heron population through monitoring, stewardship, and education.
Help Stanley Park Ecology Society protect, monitor, and sustain the Pacific great blue heron colony by adopting a nest.