Heron rookery damaged by storm

  • Article by: JIM WILLIAMS , Contributing writer
  • Updated: May 24, 2011 - 7:59 PM

As many as 180 great blue herons were killed, injured or are missing after Sunday's tornado that struck north Minneapolis. The birds were nesting on an island in the Mississippi River.

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paulfengMay. 24, 11 3:51 PM

This is sad for birdwatchers, but I guess just part of the natural cycle. I have enjoyed watching the herons here many times. If hyperlinks are allowed, here are some photos I have taken of the herons at this rookery over the past few years: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulcamerastination/tags/northmississippiregionalpark/

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gustaf43May. 24, 11 3:59 PM

This is a sad story. I've been to the rookery, and it was a wonderful thing to observe. Heron's are fascinating.

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beautyehMay. 24, 11 4:19 PM

Thank Goodness the Birdchick was there to save the day! Maybe an real ornithologist from the University of MN might have been a better source to consult?

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twin1toddMay. 24, 11 6:21 PM

The human toll is disasterous,but this is also very sad.Sitting on nests with eggs,they would not leave their nests.The Great Blue Heron is one of our most majestic big bigs.A whole generation+ has been wiped out.Sad.

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