The Great Blue Heron is the subject of Rita Bos’ new book, for which there will be a presentation and signing at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Dec. 16. (File photo)

The Great Blue Heron is the subject of Rita Bos’ new book, for which there will be a presentation and signing at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Dec. 16. (File photo)

Book highlights Great Blue Heron presence in Vernon

Rita Bos’ Great Blue Heron presentation stops at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Dec. 16

  • Dec. 10, 2017 6:30 a.m.

It’s a one stop Christmas shop for bird watchers, naturalists or photographers.

Rita Bos’ Great Blue Heron presentation and book signing stops at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Dec. 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Nestled between Wal-Mart, residential complexes and industrial businesses sits over fifty Great Blue Heron nests high atop the cottonwood trees.

“Despite the Great Blue Heron’s preference for seclusion, the Great Blue Herons have been calling Vernon home (seasonally speaking) for thirty years,” Bos said. “In the spring of 2016, the Vernon Heronry was a seasonal home for seventy-five adults, with about two-hundred chicks later resulting.”

As a tribute to Jan Bos, Rita’s late husband and his passion for these majestic birds, Rita and Susan Larson have pooled their photographs to create a beautiful pictorial fact paperback book about the Great Blue Heron at Vernon Heronry, with some Esquimalt Lagoon relatives — smaller Great Blues.

The Great Blue Heron book will be available to purchase during the event for $18. Cash only please. All proceeds from the sale of the paperback go to the continued efforts of The Vernon Heronry Protection Society.

Admission is by donation, though pre-registration by calling the museum is suggested as space is limited. For more information, call 250-542-3142, visit or find them on Facebook.


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