About Jamie K. Donaldson

Jamie K. Donaldson is a long-time activist for peace, social justice, and the environment. She was the founder of the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center in downtown Bellingham, and is retired from the University of British Columbia. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bellingham Food Bank, and is a volunteer park steward. Jamie is a member of the North Cascades Audubon Society and local Sierra Club.

By: Jamie K. Donaldson (10)

Fledgling Great Blue Herons Need Our Help

With this year’s crop about to fly the coop, it’s time to contact Mayor Fleetwood to seal the deal and create a permanent, protected wildlife reserve — the first of its kind in Bellingham.

With this year’s crop about to fly the coop, it’s time to contact Mayor Fleetwood to seal the deal and create a permanent, protected wildlife reserve — the first of its kind in Bellingham.

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Hurry down to the Post Point Great Blue Heron colony in the next few days to catch sight of a wondrous event: the giant baby herons are preparing to leave their nests and venture out into the world. They need our help. Contact Mayor Fleetwood NOW and urge him to acquire the adjacent undeveloped lots to create a permanent, protected reserve so the herons can thrive: mayorsoffice@cob.org or call (360) 778-8100.

The birds, a Washington State Priority Species, are “branching” out onto limbs of nearby conifer trees, practicing flight by flapping their huge wings and making a loud ruckus. Others continue to hang out in their nests, perhaps waiting for a sign. Speaking of signs, we have Bellingham Public Works Department to thank for heightening the fence in front of the colony and adding signage that advises people to keep their dogs on leash, avoid loud noises, and refrain from bothering the herons while they’re trying to forage for food on exposed tidelands. Thank you, Public Works!

As readers of NWCitizen know, the city has been putzing around with heron protection for 20 years without sealing the deal to create a protected reserve. I ask you: Where else in the city of Bellingham is there a wildlife reserve? To my knowledge, the Post Point Great Blue Heron Reserve would be the first of its kind, and what a tremendous asset for all of us to enjoy. The Greenways Fund, which Seth Fleetwood helped create, stipulates that its monies can be used to protect wildlife habitat. Have we ever done so? In 2016, the Greenways Advisory Committee unanimously recommended that the city acquire the privately-held land next to the herons’ nesting trees to further protect the birds. Nothing changed, and meanwhile, there is still an application pending in the planning department to subdivide the larger lot in question with the presumed intent to build at least one house too close to the nests. Part of this plat is within the 300-foot non-disturbance, safety zone for the birds recommended by the wildlife biologist hired by the city, and adopted by the city as per the signage.

Clearly there are many pressing issues on people’s minds these days, but finishing the job of protecting the Great Blue Herons NOW as the Class of 2020 leaves their nests, is a feel-good act that we can all get behind. There are willing sellers of the two remaining undeveloped lots, the political will to purchase as demonstrated by unanimous consent of City Council last year, funds available through Greenways, and the desire of many bird watchers and nature lovers to see the creation of the Post Point Great Blue Heron Reserve. Please contact the mayor now.

About Jamie K. Donaldson

Citizen Journalist • Member since Apr 03, 2019

Jamie K. Donaldson is a long-time activist for peace, social justice, and the environment. She was the founder of the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center in downtown Bellingham, and is retired [...]

James Loucky

Jul 02, 2020

The Greenways Advisory Committee, which Seth Fleetwood was so instrumental in forming, has wisely and unanimously recommended using Greenways funds to purchase two lots that, if left undeveloped, would prevent disruption and likely destruction of what is truly unique: a heron rookery within our city limits.

Anyone who has seen these magnificent birds in flight or foraging for food can attest to their beauty. Establishing a Great Blue Heron Reserve would ensure that herons and humans continue to share a sacred habitat for generations to come.

Difficult times call for hope, but what we truly need is active hope. Please do your part by contacting the Mayor ( .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ), along with members of CIty Council and anyone you know in the reality community, Protecting what is precious can be a legacy that we share and celebrate together. 

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Fledgling Great Blue Herons Need Our Help

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn Jul 02, 2020

With this year’s crop about to fly the coop, it’s time to contact Mayor Fleetwood to seal the deal and create a permanent, protected wildlife reserve — the first of its kind in Bellingham.

1 comment, most recent 1 year ago

Update on Protection for the Post Point Great Blue Heron Colony

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn Mar 13, 2020

Jamie K writes a brief article for us on the herons. Amongst all our human travails, we need to still protect our natural environment.

1 comment, most recent 1 year ago

We Have Failed to Adequately Protect Bellingham’s Great Blue Herons

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn Jan 02, 2020

A superb update of where we are as a community on protecting Bellingham’s only Great Blue Heron colony.

What’s Going on with the Herons, Council?

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn Aug 31, 2019

Jamie Donaldson urges us to contact the Bellingham City Council again as it appears there is foot dragging on acquiring the buffer woods by the heron colony nests.

1 comment, most recent 1 year ago

Huge Victory toward Creation of the Post Point Great Blue Heron Reserve

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn Jul 27, 2019

In meeting with Jamie K, Mayor Kelli commits to the city purchasing the land for the heron reserve.

3 comments, most recent 2 years ago

We Must Finish the Job and Create a Great Blue Heron Reserve at Post Point

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn Jul 26, 2019

City planning - and the developer - abandoned their defense of the illegal permit to build in the critical area by the heron colony.

1 comment, most recent 2 years ago

Good News for the Post Point Herons… For Now

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn Jul 16, 2019

The developer and city have surrendered in their effort to allow building new homes in the Critical Area that protects the Great Blue Heron colony on Bellingham’s waterfront.

2 comments, most recent 2 years ago

All Hands on Deck to Help Protect the Great Blue Herons

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn May 21, 2019

Updated May 21. How each of us can help protect the Great Blue Herons nesting trees from city proposed approval of development in the buffer trees.

4 comments, most recent 2 years ago

Herons Continued: A Response to a Reader’s Comments

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn May 18, 2019

Jamie K clarifies several issues that Gabe Rogel posted about the protective woods buffer to the heron colony.

Bellingham Heron Colony Threatened by Development - Again

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn Apr 04, 2019

Bellingham’s Only Great Blue Heron colony Faces Human Threats - Again. Who Wants to Help?

6 comments, most recent 2 years ago