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Fundraiser protecting Vernon’s herons takes flight

Big birds have returned for 37th year to rookery behind The Roster
A large heron print is up for raffle at The Roster in support of the Vernon Heronry Protection Society. (Tom Skinner Photography)

The large iconic herons have returned to town, and efforts are underway to ensure they keep coming back.

“The Herons are an integral part of our local ecosystem, and I am happy to report they continue to come back,” said Rita Bos, Vernon Heronry Protection Society senior director. “This is the 37th year and their numbers are increasing. There is even an eagle that has built a nest amongst the herons.”

In celebration of the birds, a local restaurant and photographer have teamed up to offer support.

Located next to the heron rookery, The Roster Sports Club Bar & Grill has a soft spot for the big birds.

So in support of the Heron Society, The Roster is selling photo cards of the birds from local photographer Tom Skinner, from April 15 to May 31.

Purchase a card for $5 and/or enter the raffle for the large 24 by 32 inch heron print for $5, all donated by Skinner, a former educated turned photographer.

“We are always seeking innovative ways to contribute to the vital conservation efforts of the heron sanctuary situated behind our establishment,” said club owner Hussein Hollands. “Tom’s generous contributions with his artwork will undoubtedly make a significant impact in supporting the cause.”

The Roster has a long-standing commitment to the preservation of the heron sanctuary, and even has a vibrant heron mural on its exterior to raise awareness and pay tribute to the birds.

“Fundraising initiatives like this are crucial for their conservation and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to The Roster for their continued support and to Mr. Skinner for his generous donation of his artwork,” said Bos.

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Heron cards are available for purchase for $5 at The Roster. (Tom Skinner Photography)