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The Heron and Egret Society was formed in 2004 to promote the welfare of herons, egrets, and associated wading birds, especially in the Dallas area. We also provide a resource for anyone who loves these beautiful birds to share information and art. Most of our work is centered on the beautiful and amazing "Harry Hines Heronry" at 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas, 75390.

About our logo: The Egyptian god Thoth is traditionally represented by an ibis head on a human body. Thoth is a god of writing, science (medicine, astronomy, and mathematics) and teaching. He invented the hieroglyphs and then wrote himself into existence. Society artist Diane Stewart designed this logo.

Care of orphaned or injured birds

If you have found a bird in trouble CLICK HERE.

For more on bird rescue and rehabilitation see our Rescue section.

Help with water and food for juveniles

The juvenile birds definitely drink from the water troughs that our Society has placed for them around the woods. There is a white 6-gallon container of water near the memorial garden and another near the staff parking garage that can be used to refill the nearby troughs. After emptying the container, refill it from the faucet by the faculty parking garage. If you cannot manage the refill, let us know that you have emptied the container, and we'll organize a refill. Twice a week we put live minnows in the water troughs, and juveniles who cannot yet fly to White Rock Lake and whose parents are no longer caring for them really welcome the meal.

Taking orphaned or injured birds to Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

We need volunteers both to patrol the rookery and to deliver birds to Roger's. It is a good 45 minute round trip to Roger's, so we should coordinate trips. Birds waiting to be transported can receive first aid and a comfortable place to wait on campus. Call first (8-2079) to make sure someone is there.

News and political action

Click here for our "News of the Rookery" blog.

For more on news and political action, see our News & politics section.

WFAA TV News segments on the rookery

27 Feb 09 Nesting ground disturbed at UT Southwestern
14 Apr 09 Repairs set for egrets' nesting ground
17 Jul 09 Volunteers help birds on verge of death due to heat

(Unfortunately, the link to video of these segments is no longer available. If you happen to have these on tape, please contact Chalo@DallasEgrets.org)

Articles about the rookery:

Reality at a Rookery (Apogee Photo Magazine)
The Rookery (The Clade: 12 May, 22 Jun, 15 Jul 2009)

All this and more in our

Natural history



Family Tree of Egrets & Friends Rookery Interpretive Sign
Great Egret Snowy Egret Little Blue Heron Black Crowned Night Heron
Cattle Egret White Ibis Tricolored Heron Anhinga

For stories, poems, paintings, photographs and more featuring herons and egrets, see our

Art & Literature section.