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Bibliography & Links


Canadian Wildlife Service---Hinterland Who's Who---Great Blue Heron
Appearance and natural history of the bird, including feeding, nesting, and social behavior.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
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
Species abundance and distribution of the bird in wildlife refuges in the United States.

IFWIS---Great Blue Heron
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
Introduction to bird’s taxonomy and a photo gallery.

US Fish and Wildlife Service
Life history, nesting and the abundance of Great Blue Heron in the Bay.


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.


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.


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.