The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a large and distinctive wading bird occurring throughout southern British Columbia, but particularly around the Strait of Georgia. Two subspecies are found within the province: A.h. fannini, found in coastal areas, and A.h. herodias, found in interior areas. Populations on the coast are considered to be stable, although declines have been noted in some regions such as the Sunshine Coast and Powell River areas. Interior populations appear to have increased dramatically since the mid-1900s when only one nesting location was known. The Great Blue Heron is currently on the provincial Blue List of Vulnerable species. The A.h. fannini subspecies is considered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) to be Vulnerable, whereas the A.h. herodias subspecies is considered to be Not At Risk nationally. Although Great Blue Heron breeding populations appear to be stable or declining slightly in coastal areas of British Columbia, an expanding human po
Gebauer, M.B., Moul, I.E.. 2001. Status of the Great Blue Heron in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Species Status Report. WR102
Topic: Species status
Keywords: great blue heron, ardea herodias, species, status, report
Scientific Name: Ardea herodias
English Name: Great Blue Heron
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