Heron Habitat Helpers
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Green Seattle Day Volunteer Event

11/8/2014

 

Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park - Green Seattle Day

Host: Heron Habitat Helpers

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Activities

We are restoring native vegetation to this park so that Great Blue Herons and other native wildlife will return and thrive there. On Green Seattle Day we will plant native grasses and spruce the place up a bit
(yes,, we do have several Sitka spruces!)

Open to the public
All ages OK

What to Bring

Dress for the expected weather, bring lunch and your water bottle, knee pads if you want them. We will provide gloves, tools, and some coffee at the start of the day.

Where to Meet

At Commodore Park on West Commodore Way just west of the federal locks on the ship canal. This is on the Magnolia side, not in Ballard.

Where to Park

There is a free parking lot at Commodore Park

Date & Time

November 8, 2014 10am - 2pm

Contact

Mike Marsh
swamp@blarg.net
206-281-8976 or 206-384-9464 (cell)


Youth Volunteer Waiver

If you are under 18 and attending the event without a parent or guardian, please come to the event with a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. View waiver for printing: HERE.

Heron Monitor Reports on Local Herons

Debbie Jacobsen and Mike Marsh have become our new Heron Monitors and stepped in to replace Pam Cahn who left after many years of wonderful service. Thank you Pam! Debbie and Mike have brought fresh enthusiasm to the task of monitoring the herons in their new location in Commodore Park on the hill above the Hiram Chittenden Locks, and they have been snapping photos and giving weekly updates on the nesting and mating herons. Current members will be receiving these weekly reports during the nesting season.

  photo map of Commodore Park Rookery
Map of colony location, highlighted in pink.
 

The Chicks are hatching!

photo of young heron chick by Mike Hamilton
          photo by Mike Hamilton
 

The chicks are starting to hatch in the heron colony at Commodore Park. The cute little chicks are demanding food, too! Hatched eggs are dropping to the ground.

photo of hatched eggs recently collected

Incubation!

  photo of heron on the nest
photo of heron couple just after mating
photo by Deborah Jacobsen
 

Once a mate is chosen, and mating occurs, a 5-week process begins. After mating, 10 days pass before the female lays 3-5 eggs. The male and female share incubating duties for approximately 27 days, and then the chicks will hatch.

In this photo, nests are claimed and mates are sought after.

  photo of heron couples occupying their nests
photo by Deborah Jacobsen
photo of 2014 heron nests
photo by Deborah Jacobsen
 

The 2014 Commodore Park heron colony breeding season began the last week of February. 60 herons began searching for a suitable mate and claiming one of last year's 60+ nests. Later, other herons built more nests as needed.

Here are the herons at the beginning of their season, staging on the dock just east of the locks.   photo of herons staging on a nearby dock

Photos from our Heron Gallery

Here are some photos taken a few years back by a local photographer named Mike Hamilton. His photos are available on another website (see www.mikehamilton.biz), but he has graciously given us permission to publish some of his work.
photo of Great Blue Heron by Mike Hamilton © photo of Great Blue Heron by Mike Hamilton ©

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Volunteer Opportunities

  • Enjoy the pleasure and tranquility of weeding with the Restoration Committee folks in one of our Kiwanis Ravine native plant gardens.
  • Public Relations - Be the "go to" person for contacting local publications and community organizations telling them of HHH's accomplishments and activities.
  • Visualize and Staff SeaFair table - We need people to help conceive a display table at the annual Magnolia SeaFair event and to help staff that table.
  • Assist Outreach Committee in trying to improve Seattle's tree ordinance and be a "watchdog" for protecting the herons.
  • Inventory - Plan and conduct a tree inventory in the 500' GBH buffer area.
  • Start a Hospitality Committee to support our events.
  • Join the group of active members and eventually become a Board member.

Contact us at: volunteer@heronhelpers.org

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