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Tornado wipes out Minnesota heron rookery

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 25, 2011 at 9:51 am with No Comments »
May 25, 2011 9:56 am

In light of Sunday’s Adventure article about a local great heron rookery near Pioneer Way, I thought some readers might be interested in this story.

A recent tornado ripped through the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and wiped out a great blue heron rookery that was on an island in the river outside of Minneapolis. An estimate by rangers indicates more than 250 nests were destroyed and perhaps as many as 180 birds killed.

For details and photos, click here.

Here is the link to the story I wrote as well as some great photos by staff photographer Janet Jensen.

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