Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) has been monitoring nesting Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias), Great Egrets (Ardea alba) and Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula) in Picher Canyon since 1967. This colony site is located at the Martin Griffin Preserve, on the northeast side of the Bolinas Lagoon, near Bolinas, CA (Figure 1). ACR has also been monitoring nesting herons and egrets at the Bolinas colony site, at the base of the Francisco Mesa adjacent to the Bolinas Channel, since 1990. This colony site’s subsite (“any isolated group of nests 100-500 m from other nests”), located on the south end of Kent Island at the mouth of Bolinas Lagoon, has also been monitored by ACR since the site was colonized in 2008.
Jennings, S. 2017. Bolinas Lagoon heron and egret nesting summary 2016. Results from heronries at Picher Canyon, Kent Island, and the Bolinas mainland. ACR Technical Report 67-1-10 © December 2017. Audubon Canyon Ranch, Cypress Grove Research Center, P. O. Box 808, Marshall, CA 94940.