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Hooked on Herons: Confessions of a ‘Citizen Scientist’

The Author Surveys Jamaica Bay's Marshes for Wading Birds © Janet Jensen

The Author Surveys Jamaica Bay's Marshes for Wading Birds © Janet Jensen

By Gail Karlsson, Harbor Herons Foraging Study Volunteer

 

When I first stopped by  NYC Audubon this past May, I didn’t realize I was in danger of developing a serious addiction problem. You may scoff, but first hear my story.

 

I was initially exposed to herons in the Caribbean, and soon found myself searching for sources closer to home. Not so easy in Manhattan, though I did once spy a couple of great egrets by the pond at the south end of Central Park.

 

Then one day a friend passed me a copy of the NYC Audubon newsletter and I saw a notice about a Harbor Heron Foraging Study training—that very night! Hours later, with high expectations and a sense of destiny, I found myself in a small room cluttered with bird books. About 15 of us sat quietly on folding chairs, nervously checking each other out, not sure what to expect. Continue reading ‘Hooked on Herons: Confessions of a ‘Citizen Scientist’’ »