About the heron cam
The heron cam is located in the Kiwanis Ravine, a natural area that sits close to the eastern edge of Seattle's Discovery Park.
The Kiwanis Ravine heron colony, which has grown from 35 nests in 2001 to more than 80 nests in 2010, inspires the Heron Habitat Helpers' mission.
The herons - sometimes referred to as "the big cranky," "long John" or "poor Joe" - return to their nests year after year in February and spend several weeks in courtship to select a mate for the season. The female typically lays three to five eggs, which both parents alternate incubating for about 28 days. Heron chicks typically fledge in two months, usually in June or July. However, young from late nests may not fledge until late summer.
This heron camera is part of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Wildwatch system of cameras.