I am a volunteer for the Wildlife Conservation Corps (WCC) for the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, which allows me to participate in Citizen Science programs for the New Jersey Audubon Society and other similar program. This year I have signed on for a survey of nesting areas of Great Blue Heron and Black-Crowned Night-Heron for the state’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program. There is concern as some studies suggest that there are declines in both species’ populations. I have several nesting sites to visit during the next several months. Hopefully, there will be plenty of parents and babies to count!
I took this photo last fall while watching a Great Blue Heron wading and fishing at one of the national wildlife areas in southern New Jersey. There was no wind this day, resulting in calm and flat water and a pretty nice reflection.