Unlikely Urban Residents: Lincoln Park’s Black-crowned Night Herons

May 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Heller Nature Center
2821 Ridge Rd
Highland Park, IL 60035
Unlikely Urban Residents: Lincoln Park's Black-crowned Night Herons @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Black-crowned Night Herons (BCNH) are endangered in Illinois and six other Great Lakes region states. Yet a breeding colony of these herons has thrived in Chicago’s Lincoln Park since 2007. Since their arrival, they have garnered significant conservation attention from various groups including the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute (UWI), whose researchers began monitoring the population in 2010.

Henry Adams, UWI’s Wildlife Management Coordinator, will discuss the history of the colony, including productivity trends, breeding phenology, and colony movement within Lincoln Park over the years. He will also explain plans for researching the herons’ movement, resource selection, and health in collaboration with Illinois Department of Natural Resources and University of Illinois Urbana Champaign to further conservation management planning for this endangered species.