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Herons are nesting noisily at rookery near Long Lake

The cacophonous sounds coming from a wooded area west of Long Lake are the cries of dozens of Great Blue Herons nesting. It's a rarity to have herons nest in upland forests, said Tom Stursa, DNR wildlife technician. He said they usually prefer lowland areas such as tamarac trees, but this group has been nesting here for years. They are slowly killing off the jack pine forest and once it dies, they will move on to another location, Stursa said. The organic matter from their droppings causes soil changes a...