Vernon’s heronry benefits from fundraiser, birds making comeback

Vernon’s heronry benefits from fundraiser, birds making comeback

The birds nest among the tall Cottonwood trees between 20th and 24th Streets just off 48th Avenue, a few blocks south of The Roster.

Skinner, a former educator turned celebrated photographer, has generously donated a heron print and created heron cards to raise funds.

Priced at $5, the business said the cards offer a beautiful tribute to the magnificent birds, while patrons can also participate in a raffle to win the large heron print. All fundraising proceeds will go directly to the society.

“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 nearby heron sanctuary, having previously organized various fundraising events and initiatives. In the summer of 2022, the club commissioned artists to adorn its exterior wall with a vibrant heron mural to raise awareness and pay tribute to these iconic birds.

Rita Bos, senior director of the Vernon Heronry Protection Society, said she appreciates the fundraiser which emphasizes the importance of protecting the blue-listed birds in British Columbia.

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

“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.”

The fundraiser will run from April 15 to May 31.

For more information or to contribute, visit The Roster at 2319 53rd Avenue.

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