Many local bird watchers and nature lovers look forward to this time each year when Stanley Park’s herons prepare for the newest additions to the colony.
The colony one of North America’s largest urban colonies of Pacific Great Blue Herons,
This year, Stanley Park has installed a new high resolution camera that can actually be controlled by viewers.
The first chicks will hatch in April, at which time webcam viewers will be able to see both parents feeding their chicks.
Last year the colony produced 175 fledgling herons.
The species, which does not migrate, is considered an at-risk species.
Controlling the camera
Viewers are now able to take control of the camera for a minute at a time, and zoom into specific nests or zoom out for wide shots.
Questions can also be asked of a biologist via email, or on Twitter using the hashtag #HeronTalk.