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Great Blue Herons of Wollomonopoag

Part 2: The Nesting Trip

Sunday, May 20, 2018

10:00 AM – Noon

Return with guide Doug Williams to the land of the herons, this time with the chance to see the young chicks being fed in their nests.

wollo herons

Join us for an easy walk to a magnificent Great Blue Heron rookery which has served as home to more than 35 pairs of these impressive wading birds in recent years. During our last visit in March, we discovered that the nests in the rookery had suffered some losses from the heavy snows this past winter. But the herons are back and are busily putting their nests in order.

On this visit we will be able to see how many birds established nests in the rookery, and we should be able to get an idea of how many pairs are nesting, as well as viewing a few chicks, too.  The activity in the marsh has picked up significantly since our last visit. Wetlands are generally very busy places in the spring and early summer, so we will spend time searching for the many other species such as Wood Ducks and Osprey that call these habitats home.

We will meet in the parking lot for Wollomonopoag Conservation Area at the end of Elysium Street. Bring cameras, binoculars and any other items you may wish to have while we visit. Dress for the weather, including footwear.

This program is sponsored by the Wrentham Open Space Committee, and was made possible by a generous grant from the Sweatt Fund.

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Great Blue Herons of Wollomonopoag

Sunday, March 18, 2018

10:00 AM – Noon        

Join the Wrentham Open Space Committee and your guide Doug Williams of Mass Audubon for an easy walk to a magnificent Great Blue Heron rookery, home to more than 35 pairs of these large remarkable wading birds. Herons raise their young in giant stick nests built high up in standing dead trees in the middle of wetlands. Heron rookeries are places of great activity. We will focus on the various behaviors of these magnificent creatures as they build and refurbish their nests in preparation for their breeding season and the process of raising their young.

Even early in the season, wetlands are very busy places for wildlife and we will spend time searching for some of the other species such as Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers that call this wetland home. We will meet at the parking lot for Wollomonopoag Pond. Dress for the weather. Bring cameras, binoculars and any other items you may wish to have while we visit. We are planning to visit again in late May to observe the young at the nest.

Meet in the parking lot at the end of Elysium Street

This presentation was made possible by a grant from the Sweatt Fund.