The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is the largest and most widespread North American heron. It is a resident bird in Georgia and can be found at Trinity Lakes all year.

Great Blue Herons require ponds and lakes to hunt for fish. They also eat insects, frogs, salamanders, small reptiles, and even small birds!

Great Blue Herons breed in large colonies known as rookeries, sometimes referred to as a “heronry.” The heronries can be quite large, often having well over 100 nests!