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beneficial predators - blue heron

 
Jocelyn Campbell
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I've thought of blue herons as majestic wildlife - a joy to behold, really - and a predator of fish ponds. I did not know they could be a beneficial predator as well. This video is amazing.

 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:I did not know they could be a beneficial predator as well.


Isn't every predator, a beneficial predator?

Thank You Kindly,
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My choice of words was a bit myopic. I do agree it can be near-sighted to see predators that eat our fish (or other livestock) as a problem, and not realize how they are beneficial in other ways. I think most people see gophers as "pests," so this was enlightening (to me at least) that blue herons might help to keep them in check.

Of course, I think even gophers have their place in the landscape, providing beneficial aeration and fertilization, among other things. Others might have even better information on the benefits of gophers. I have heard how voles are amazing at spreading mycelium through their poop, and I figured it could follow that gophers offer something similar - fertilization at the least!
 
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Awesome. I need more gopher predators...
 
Tina Paxton
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Very very cool! Thanks for sharing!
 
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This video has been making rounds on Facebook. I used to lie near a blue heron nesting sight and when the landlord mowed her 3 acres the blue herons would show up to eat the pocket gophers that where all over her property. She didn't use her land for anything. Just mowed it once or twice a year for fire safety.
 
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Wow. Learn something new every day.
I always thought of the Blue Herons as strictly aquatic eaters.

Bill Murray needed some of those in "Caddy Shack". LOL
 
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John Polk wrote:Bill Murray needed some of those in "Caddy Shack". LOL

Hahaha! Oh! I can just hear him mumbling little enticing tidbits to a blue heron, and dangling a limp fish or something as a lure!
 
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