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Friday, October 26, 2012

Two Great Blue Herons of Gabriola

Great Blue Heron Dies
On October 22, in the Sounder, I read about the three raccoons found dead and the Great Blue Heron found shot with a BB gun or pellet gun on the north end of the island. The heron was still alive but died of its injuries a day later at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. The GROWLS volunteer that took it to Errington suspected it was near starvation after being unable to hunt for two or three weeks.

Great Blue Heron found in islander's back yard.
Photo by Barry Boettger.

Great Blue Heron Lives!
Then, October 23, GROWLS volunteers and friends gathered to release a different Great Blue Heron that had been rescued by GROWLS volunteers some time ago and taken to North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. There, the heron was treated and recovered nicely. On the 23rd it was returned to Gabriola to be released close to where it was found, near Sandwell Beach.  

Great Blue Heron being released from cage.
Photo by Tawny Maclachlan Capon.

Freeddom once again!
Photo by Tawny Maclachlan Capon.

Into the wild blue yonder. Blessings to you.
Photo by Tawny Maclachlan Capon.
So, while many people on the island actively honour and care for our wildlife, others - or at least one other - is killing them. So sad.
Thank you to GROWLS and North Island Wildlife Recovery Association in Errington.

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