Black-bellied Plover
American Robin
Bobolink
Hooded Merganser
Northern Harrier
Northern Parula
Broad-winged Hawk
Hudsonian Godwit
Scarlet Tanager
Purple Martin
Snowy Owl
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Horned Grebe
Yellow-throated Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Prairie Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Kingbird
American Goldfinch
Greater Yellowlegs
Hooded Warbler
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Horned Lark
Northern Saw-whet-owl
Magnolia Warbler
Northern Shoveler
Belted Kingfisher
Ring-necked Duck

To get started, visit the PGC’s Heron Colony Observation Survey page. By following the protocol you'll ensure your fieldwork will help science and not disrupt nesting herons. Submit your completed survey forms to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

With such widely distributed species and limited resources, the PGC relies on the help of volunteers like you to improve our understanding of their distribution and numbers.  Even though many heron colonies are documented across the Commonwealth, you may know about colonies that the PGC does not. Your contributions are critical to improving PGC’s information and developing the most complete picture possible of the current status of Pennsylvania's heron populations. The information will be used to update the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program database and provide protection for colonies.

But remember: as much as we want all the nests counted, the birds come first.  Their nests should be monitored with binoculars from a safe distance. Do not approach nests.

For more information contact:

Patricia Barber, Endangered Species Biologist

Pennsylvania Game Commission

2001 Elmerton Avenue

Harrisburg, PA  17110-9797

717-303-4482