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Critter of the Quarter:  Great Egret

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Photo by Cheryl Reynolds

The International Bird Rescue released two Great Egrets into McNabney Marsh in September. Great Egrets are long-legged wading birds with a long, S-curved neck and a daggerlike bill. They walk slowly through the wetlands, hunting and foraging with stand-and-wait techniques.

After rehabbing with the Rescue, these birds will now play a part in the Audubon Canyon Ranch Heron and Egret Telemetry Project. This will provide science-based guidance for the protection of the wetlands and their importance in mitigating climate change impacts. Learn more at

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