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Great Blue Heron Rookery Walks Begin

Want to explore the Great Blue Heron Rookery on the James River? The Richmond Audubon Society, the Virginia Audubon Council, and the Friends of James River Park are teaming up for the 2013 Great Blue Heron Rookery walks on February 16, March 16, and April 13. Bring your cameras and enjoy this natural wonder in the midst of our city! The walks are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  and begin at the Pipeline Walk in the City’s James River Park.

The Great Blue Herons will, throughout the spring, be courting, nest-building and breeding in preparation for egg-laying and raising their chicks. Every walk will bring its own set of sights and sounds for the whole family to enjoy, so bring your scopes and binoculars and benefit from a morning outdoors.

The charge for each week’s event is $5.00 per person for the benefit of Audubon and the James River Park. Meet your guide at 10:00 a.m. in the grassy area just west of 14th Street. Please carpool and park at the small lot closest to the Rookery, in Shockoe Bottom, or in the lot on the east side of 14th Street just south of the floodwall. If you park in this latter location, you will need to park head-in and place a note on your dash stating you are at the Heron Rookery walk.

Want to know more? Contact Mary Elfner at melfner@audubon.org or Facebook.

Science Matters would love to share your photos and learn more about your experience. Send an email to dmickle@ideastations.org or post on our Science Matters’ Facebook page.

Listen to WCVE Public Radio’s John Ogle and Mary Elfner as they discuss the Rookery in 2011.

Watch this video produced by Audubon and Dominion Virginia Power in 2011: