POST POINT HERONRY
 
Adjacent to Marine Park is the Post Point Lagoon, one of seven remaining pocket estuaries in Bellingham Bay. The lagoon is home to three species on the endangered species list (Chinook salmon, bull trout and steelhead). It is also the home of the only Great Blue Heron colony within the city limits of Bellingham. Herons are a "priority species” by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The lagoon has been the focus of city restoration efforts, and the nearby heron colony is closely monitored in order to mitigate any residential disturbance. Its location within the cluster of Douglas firs and red alders offers shelter from buffeting winds, and the nearby lagoon provides sustenance for the birds and foraging training for juvenile and fledging herons.

The following information is from the Post Point sign above.  Images were captured by John Koenig on March 18, 2018. 
 
 
                            
 

GREAT BLUE HERONS LIVE YEAR-ROUND IN THE SALISH SEA.  
(Puget Sound & Georgia Strait).
 
In the trees along the bluff you can see the only nesting colony in Bellingham, which grew from 6 to 31 nests between 2000 and 2005 and is still growing.
POST POINT HERONS FORAGE IN THE LAGOON AND ALONG THE MARINE SHORELINE OF BELLINGHAM BAY
 
Favorite forage spots include eelgrass meadows, home to crustaceans and fish.  Herons also seek out fresh water, where they prey on amphibians and occasionally reptiles.  You may even spot one in a fallow field looking for small mammals.
      
     HERON BEHAVIORS TO OBSERVE
 
The heron breeding cycle begins with the return of the herons to the colony.  Nesting follows courtship and mating, then incubation of the eggs through April.  Watch and listen for young in May and June, and fledging juveniles in July and August.
 
HERONS ARE VULNERABLE TO HUMAN DISTURBANCE

Please view them from a distance and never enter the buffer area around the colony.  Always keep dogs leashed when herons are present.
              



 
Detailed information may be found on the Post Point Heron Colony Management Plan (www.northcascadesaudubon.org/conservation/).