Oakland Zoo's new Heron Rescue Team (HRT) has saved its first bird a stricken fledgling who was struggling on their own in the city on 17 April 2022. Oakland is home to the largest black-crowned night-heron communal nesting ground for birds in the San Francisco Bay Area. When nests are built in the trees on busy streets, the fledglings (babies) sometimes fall from their nests while learning to fly and a fall on to concrete can result in injury or death. This baby heron was found by a patrol in downtown Oakland and has been sent to International Bird Rescue for more rehabilitation. Once deemed healthy, he will be released back into the wild into safe and local habitats, such as the Oakland bay shoreline into safe and local habitats, such as the Oakland bay shoreline.
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