Egrets and Herons

Apr 22, 2013

A close-up profile of a Snowy Egret at the Audubon Canyon Ranch's Martin Griffith Preserve
Credit Gordon Sherman, courtesy of Audubon Canyon Ranch

Egrets and herons were nearly driven to extinction by fashionable hatmakers more than a century ago. Today they are a popular symbol of wildlife conservation. Bruce Robinson talks with a scientist who studies them.

Dr. John Kelley will talk about the history and present status of Herons and Egrets in the Bay Area, in a lecture Thursday night at the Sonoma Veteran’s building. The video below, also from Audubon Canyon Ranch, captured mating behaviors in a good-sized  egret rookery.