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Heron Rookery Reloaded Post Tornado

Gordon Dietzman heron nest building

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 [...]

Heron Rookery

North Miss Heron Rookery

The great blue heron rookery is easily visible now in North Mississippi Regional Park. I had to give a program there on Saturday afternoon and the nest building birds were a treat to watch. The trees haven’t leafed out yet and so you can make out which nests are still under construction and which [...]

North Mississippi Rookery Still Visible

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I had to take a local film crew to North Mississippi Regional Park again to see the heron rookerly. Since leaf out is so early (this is the first time since I’ve lived in Minnesota that I have seen lilacs blooming in April) I was curious how much of the rookery was still visible. Here’s [...]

MPR Segement

Hey, mom, here’s a link to that heron rookery segment that you can listen to online.

MPR and Herons

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Providing that there is no major news breaking, the segment I recorded with Stephanie Hemphill about the North Mississippi Regional Park should air today between 5am – 9am on Morning Edition. (Mom, they said an online version will be available at some point too).

I’ll probably be roving out at that park in full [...]

North Mississippi Park Heron Rookery

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This is the week to check out the great blue heron rookery at North Mississippi Regional Park (or the one at Coon Rapids Dam too). I headed out to the North Mississippi rookery yesterday to take a look, right now the nests are very visible–even without binoculars.

You can get a [...]