Watch the Pacific Great Blue Herons live from Stanley Park

Herons have been recorded in Stanley Park since 1921.

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 138 fledgling herons in 2016.

View the history of the heron colony in Stanley Park

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How to use the camera

Hover over the buttons at the bottom-right of the camera to:

  • View the herons at full screen.
  • Control what nests you want to see and at what distance.

Steps to using the camera

What to watch for and how to interpret what you see

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.

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

Saw a heron, got questions, or want to learn more? Tweet #HeronTalk

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

History of heron colony