Our original Heron Cage was built by staff and volunteers in 1997 with mostly donated materials. Over the years it was heavily used to house a wide range of birds including eagles, large hawks and owls, gulls, ducks, geese and yes – even Great Blue Herons. But constant use and our damp climate have taken their toll. Parts of the wooden structure and special netting were rotting to the point that the enclosure needed to be replaced. Mark, our facilities manager, and volunteers took down the old cage in fall 2016 and are in the process of building the new enclosure.
This cage replacement was made possible by a grant from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.