Nesting Colony Site at Risk

Drone footage by Casey Saumure

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In 2019, we became aware of a new nesting colony of herons and egrets in Sacramento. There are hundreds of wild animals that call this huge pond home. It’s a great habitat in a “no trespassing” area, so these birds are safe from the perils of nesting along busy streets and in apartment complexes.

BUT… we found out plans were filed by the owners of the property (the organization that owns the Sacramento Kings) for development, mixed commercial and residential. This appears to include the pond. We estimate that the site is home to more than 500 nesting pairs of herons and egrets. If the pond were to be filled in and built upon, these birds would have to find a new nesting area, which would be bad news for the birds, and potentially for the homes and businesses in the area.

Herons and egrets will often move into a suburban neighborhood when the trees of their nesting site have been removed. This results in a bad situation for both birds and people. At the nesting colony we work with in suburban South Sacramento, the baby birds fall out of tall trees and hit the concrete, are hit by cars and are sometimes harassed or injured by humans. Some of the residents have complained due to the birds’ feces raining down from the trees, the noise, and the injured and deceased babies on the ground.

There is a solution that will benefit both humans and birds, which is preserving the pond site. SHER is working to advocate to preserve this precious natural resource, but it’s critical that we show the community’s support and spread the word. You can show your support by donating and signing HERE. To learn more about the pond click HERE.

Photos by J. Roberson Photography

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