Blue Herons Find New Home after North Mpls. Tornado

Updated: 05/22/2014 3:06 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 12:09 PM
By: Katherine Johnson

When the tornado ripped through North Minneapolis in 2011 it also destroyed nests for a colony of blue herons living along the Mississippi River. Now, three years later, those birds have created a new home.

There are about 30 active nests in a new blue heron rookery along the river. Still, that's only about half as large as the colony once was.

When the original rookery along North Mississippi Regional Park was destroyed, many newborn birds were either killed or injured.

Three years later, the herons have returned one mile downstream to make a new home. They've decided to settle on an island right next to Xcel Energy's Riverside plant.

"It's pretty neat to have so much wildlife that can live among industry," said Bob Anderson, Director of the Raptor Resource Project.

"It's always fun when you've got babies of any species around," said Ken Beadell, director of the plant. "It's just kind of a joy for everybody around here just to watch what goes on."

If you'd like to watch the blue herons live via webcam, visit:

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