The Great Blue Herons have returned to Golden Gate Park
and built five nests on an island near the Stow Lake waterfall.
The first chicks hatched on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.
The non-profit organization San Francisco Nature Education
will conduct its annual free Heron Watch program at Stow Lake
starting April 15, and running every Saturday through
May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The observation site is located
not far from the Stow Lake Boathouse – just past the Roman
Bridge on the path that circles the lake. Volunteers with spotting
scopes will show the herons and their chicks and explain the
herons’ behavior. Signs will be posted at the boathouse and in
front of the observation site.
In addition, naturalists will lead birding walks around Stow
Lake on each of the six Saturdays during the heron nesting
season. Walks leave the observationsite at 10:15 a.m. and
return at 12:15 p.m. Adults are $10 and children are free.
Children receive free journals while supplies last.
For more information, go to the website at http://www.sfnature.org
or call (415) 205-0776.
– Nancy DeStefanis