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Date of Issue: February 17, 2010

Heron nest destroyed, 1 chick dead

Citizens, city and county officials, law enforcement officers and wildlife rescuers responded to Kingfish Boat Ramp off Manatee Avenue Feb. 14 to rescue a nest of juvenile great blue herons. One chick died and the nest was destroyed when a crew removed two Australian pines at the boat ramp. The work was apparently part of a seawall project at the county-operated site. Holmes Beach Police Department officers and HB Commissioner David Zaccagnino, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Wildlife Rescue Inc. experts and Westbay Cove residents responded to the birds’ plight. Islander Photos: Birds, Margaret Kelley. Anonymous sign, Jeannie Bystrom