Day One of the conference here at DeKorte Park covered a lot of topics, including updates on the breeding populations of egrets, herons and cormorants in the New York Harbor region.
Though these populations fluctuate from year to year, Black-Crowned Night Herons and Double-crested Cormorants seem to be doing particularly well.
Greatest threats to breeding habitat: Invasive plant species and Asian Longhorn Beetles (infested trees must be cut down).
The Harbor Herons Project expects to post all of the proceedings from the two-day conference online. We will link to them as soon as they are posted.