Adopt a Great Blue Heron

Great blue herons are the largest of the North American herons and can be found in saltwater and freshwater habitats. They can also be found in grasslands and agricultural fields. Breeding birds will gather in colonies or "heronries" within a few miles of feeding areas to build stick nests high off the ground, often in isolated swamps or on islands, and near lakes and ponds bordered by forests. Because Great Blue Herons depend on wetlands for feeding and on relatively undisturbed sites for breeding, they are vulnerable to habitat loss and to impacts such as traffic, logging, motorboats, and other human intrusions that can disrupt nesting colonies. Other threats include chemical pollutants or other causes of reduced water quality. Help NWF in its efforts to protect and recover the wild places that sustain wildlife. Adopt a great blue heron today!

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