Coalition saves Olympia, Wash.’s only great blue heron colony

A great blue heron soars overhead, holding a leafy branch in his long beak as rays of morning sunlight streak through a wooded canopy in west Olympia.

It’s breeding season for the birds, and after 40-plus years, their home is safe again. They live in the city’s lone great blue heron colony — known as a rookery or heronry — located off Rogers Street near the Olympia Food Co-op.

“These have been our herons for decades,” said resident Dan Einstein as a handful of herons squawked in the treetops where they nest. “Who knows why they picked our neighborhood, but they did.”

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