April 27, 2016 – Just in time for the hatching of baby herons, Waterfowl Chesapeake is pleased to announce our co-sponsorship of the Chesapeake Conservancy’s new Great Blue Heron Rookery Webcam. Located on lower Eastern Shore and offered up for this purpose by the generous private landowner, the herons are particularly interesting because they nest in colonies called ‘rookeries’.
“We were thrilled for the opportunity to close the financial gap needed on this project, which gives people the opportunity to see and learn about the ‘private’ side of one of our most iconic Bay species” commented Margaret Enloe, Waterfowl Chesapeake’s Executive Director. “Forward-thinking initiatives like this are critical for connecting viewers world-wide with the Bay and our local waterfowl habitat. It was a great fit for our mission and a perfect use for some of the monies raised through the annual Waterfowl Festival and other contributions.”
Viewers can have a peek online at the Great Blue Heron Rookery and the resident herons, Rell and Eddie – named by the homeowner, in honor of some favorite surfers – at any time and experience the daily rhythms of their habitat at http://chesapeakeconservancy.org/blue-heron-webcam .