Student project enables public to watch Blue Herons nest and hatch on NWCC web c

Students enrolled in the Applied Coastal Ecology (ACE) program at Northwest Community College (NWCC) in Prince Rupert are trying to answer a question that has bird experts throughout the province perplexed: Why has the survival rate of the iconic Great Blue Heron suddenly declined by 50 per cent in southern B.C.?

While helping the overall search to find answers, NWCC students are also trying to find out whether the same thing is happening to the local Heron population. The ACE group has launched the Great Blue Heron Project this year to collect data on the local herons and have mounted a camera near a heron rookery in Prince Rupert as part of that work. The camera will broadcast live over the internet enabling a close up and personal experience of the nesting and rearing habits of the birds. It will also capture what is happening to the chicks that don’t survive.

From late March through to August, the public will be able to see what is happening through the live web cam link up in the tree via the NWCC Web site at: nwcc.bc.ca/BlueHeron/Index.cfm

“We’re hoping the camera feed will give the public a glimpse of these magnificent animals in the wild,â€