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HERONS (Ardea herodias)

Bibliography & Links

INTERNET

Canadian Wildlife Service---Hinterland Who's Who---Great Blue Heron
http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/hww-fap/heron/heron.html
Appearance and natural history of the bird, including feeding, nesting, and social behavior.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/i1940id.html
Several pictures of the bird, ranging from juvenile stages to adult, help you learn to identify the bird at different ages.

Great Blue Heron---Ardea herodias, US distribution and Abundance
http://www.i-bird.com/LowGraphic/LGGrtBlueHeron.htm
Species abundance and distribution of the bird in wildlife refuges in the United States.

IFWIS---Great Blue Heron
http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/chf/pub/ifwis/birds/great-blue-heron.html
Illinois Natural Resources Information Network (INRIN) provides information on the bird, including taxonomy, occurrence in Illinois, habitat associations, life history and more.

Nature---Wildlife Great Blue Heron Homepage
http://www.nature-wildlife.com/blueh.html
Introduction to bird’s taxonomy and a photo gallery.

US Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/r5cbfo/heron.htm
Life history, nesting and the abundance of Great Blue Heron in the Bay.

BOOKS

Brown, Vinson, Henry G. Weston, and Jerry Buzzell. Handbook of California Birds. Happy Camp, CA: Naturegraph Publishers, c1986. REF Wild California QL684 .C2 B7 1986.

Butler, Robert William. The Great Blue Heron: A Natural History and Ecology of a Seashore Sentinel. Vancouver: UBC Press, c1997. M&O QL696 .C52 B86 1997.

Butler, Robert William. The Patient Predator: Foraging and Population Ecology of the Great Blue Heron, Ardea Herodias, in British Columbia. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Canadian Wildlife Service, c1995. Main QL696 .C52 B87 1995.

Clarke, Herbert. An Introduction to Southern California Birds. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press, 1989. REF Wild California QL684 .C2 C57 1989.

Feeney, Leora. Birds Along the East Shore of San Francisco Bay. Oakland, CA: East Bay Regional Park District; Berkeley, CA: Golden Gate Audubon Society, c1979. REF Wild California QL684 .C2 F43 1979.

Fisher, Chris C. Birds of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Redmond, WA: Lone Pine Pub., c1996. Biodiv REF & REF Wild California QL684 .C2 F57 1996.

Harris, Stanley W. Northwestern California Birds: A Guide to the Status, Distribution, and Habits of the Birds of Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, Northern Mendocino, and Western Siskiyou Counties, California. Arcata, CA: Humboldt State University Press, c1991. M&O & M&O REF QL684 .C2 H357 1991.

Page, Gary W. Aspects of the Ecology of Shorebirds on Bolinas Lagoon: A Report for the Department of Parks and Recreation, County of Marin, California. Bolinas, CA: Point Reyes Bird Observatory, 1975. M&O QL684 .C2 P33 1975.

Shuford, W. David. The Marin County Breeding Bird Atlas: A Distributional and Natural History of Coastal California Birds. Bolinas, CA: Bushtit Books, c1993. REF Wild California & M&O QL684 .C2 S49 1993.

Sibley, Charles Gald. The Birds of the South San Francisco Bay Region. S.l.: s.n., 1952. REF Wild California QL684 .C2 S52 1952.

Small, Arnold. California Birds: Their Status and Distribution. Vista, CA: Ibis Pub. Co., c1994. REF Wild California & M&O QL684 .C2 S56 1994.

Zeiner, Dave, William F. Laudenslayer, and Kenneth E. Mayer. California's Wildlife. Sacramento, CA: Resources Agency, Dept. of Fish and Game, 1988-1990. REF Wild California & Biodiv REF QL164 .C34 1988.

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Hurd, Edith Thacher. The Blue Heron Tree. New York: Viking Press, c1968. Pub Juv QL696 .C52 H87 1968.

Lasky, Kathryn. She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head! New York: Hyperion Books for Children, c1995. Pub Juv QL676.55 .M4 L37 1997.

VIDEO

Heron Island. [San Francisco]: Video Project, [1998]. QL696 .C52 H47 1998.

Kids by the Bay. Ben Lomond, CA: Video Project, 199-?. Biodiv QH541.5 .E8 K25 1990z.

Kids in Marshes: An Interdisciplinary Wetlands Education and Exploration Program. Richmond, Calif.: The Institute, 1997. Biodiv QH541.5 .M3 K52 1997.