The great blue heron is an impressive and increasingly common sight in the Cuyahoga Valley.
The success of nesting colonies in the valley is a reflection of favorable habitat created by beavers, along with protection of the valley by the National Park Service; Cleveland Metroparks; Metro Parks, Serving Summit County; the City of Akron; and other organizations and individuals.
To learn more about great blue herons and the best places to observe them, read our Great Blue Herons site bulletin.
View the gallery below for some photos taken at the valley's heronries. Click on individual photos for each photographer's name and click here for copyright restrictions.