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The Anniversary Of The Great Blue Heron Rookery Destroyed By A Tornado

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This has been an action packed week for me, it’s the one year anniversary of the Minneapolis Tornado that ripped through a great blue heron rookery, destroying all the nests (and almost all the offspring) and displacing most of the adults. The herons ended up renesting, some at an older rookery at Coon Rapids Dam [...]

Winter Surveys

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I’m still doing some of my bird surveys. And up until this week I was having a cheery time in the field, but now it’s so incredibly silent. I can’t believe this is the same spot that was chock full of bobolinks not so long ago. It’s so strange to suddenly have a spot [...]

Post Tornado Heron ReNesting Has Chicks!

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Well the big theme story in the blog this summer was the tornado ravaged great blue herons. Their rookery was blown away in May and some birds attempted to re-nest at Coon Rapids Dam and Marshall Terrace Park. I headed out last week to Marshall Terrace to see if chicks were visible. I had heard [...]

Final two rescued herons released

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Photo by Brian Peterson.

Hello all, NBB here.

The StarTribune has a story about the final two heron chicks that were rescued after a tornado destroyed their rookery on the Mississippi River. Sharon’s been involved with this story as one of the first people to investigate the damage, [...]

Young Herons From Tornado Released!

Heron release

If you’ve been following this blog this summer, you are aware of the tornado that hit Minneapolis in May and destroyed a heron rookery and the recovery and rebuilding.

I got a call from the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center that last week and they planned to release 7 of the 9 great blue heron chicks [...]

Heron Rookery Visible From Marshall Terrace Park

Marshall Terrace Heron Rookery

When I last posted about the great blue herons renesting on the Mississippi River, I said that the rookery was not easily viewable from shore. Tony Hertzel from the Minnesota Ornithologists Union sent a not mentioning Marshall Terrace Park. I had driven by there and also viewed it from the river and it didn’t look [...]

Heron Rookery Reloaded Post Tornado

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Who knew this story would have such legs?!

As reported last month, the great blue heron rookery at North Mississippi Regional Park was completely obliterated by a tornado that went through north Minneapolis. I worked with some of my fellow National Park Rangers at MNRRA, the MN DNR and the Animal Humane Society to [...]

Update On Tornado Ravaged Herons #birding

Hey, here’s a great video from the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of some of the young great blue herons that were retrieved from the tornado damaged rookery at North Mississippi Regional Park. They appear to be doing very well!

In other news, I have had multiple reports of herons rebuilding on 2 different areas on the [...]

Heron Rookery Visit

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Here’s a follow up to yesterday’s story about the Minneapolis tornado that destroyed the great blue heron rookery at North Mississippi Regional Park.

Thanks to a lot of phone calls, my park the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, CO Todd from MN DNR and some vet techs with heron experience from the Animal Humane [...]

Minneapolis Heron Rookery Destroyed By Tornado

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This was so not how I planned to spend my Monday. Warning, not a pleasant post ahead.

I returned from Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds yesterday and on my way home, Non Birding Bill called to warn me of a possible tornado in north Minneapolis–an area I would drive through on my way to our [...]