Watch the Pacific Great Blue Herons live from Stanley Park

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The live heron cam is down for the season. Come back next spring to see if they return.

Check out clips of a heron rearranging its eggs (egg laying) and the first heron chicks of 2016 (hatching) under "What to watch for and how to interpret what you see".

The heron cam provides the ultimate close-up view of one of North America’s largest urban colonies of Pacific Great Blue Herons, a species at risk.

The colony, located behind Park Board offices in Stanley Park, is home to about 100 active nests which produced 175 fledgling herons in 2015.

When the first chicks hatch in early April – watch both parents feed and protect their young from eagle and raccoon attacks. It’s the best nature show in town!

Watch their courtship and mating rituals, nest building, and egg laying.

What to watch for and how to interpret what you see

Heron behaviour you may see on the heron cam. 


Nest building

Egg laying




Stanley Park Ecology SocietyHelp support the heron colony

The Vancouver Park Board, along with our friends at Stanley Park Ecology Society, help sustain the heron population through monitoring, stewardship, and education.

Help Stanley Park Ecology Society protect, monitor, and sustain the Pacific great blue heron colony by adopting a nest.

Adopt a nest

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Get a monthly recap of the heron action from the Stanley Park Ecology Society

History of heron colony