On a windswept Peltier Lake in Anoka County, a crew of caring folks jump in a boat for a short jaunt to an island. On the far north end of the lake, the protected bird sanctuary is a nature study still in progress.
As he walks down to the shoreline of his beloved Peltier Lake, Ron Marier can once again smile at the sight of blue herons building their nests. Just off his shoreline sits Peltier Island, and Marier can easily keep tabs on the nesting activity.
Almost a year after the tornado hit North Minneapolis, there’s one hopeful sign. The blue herons, whose population was devastated by the storm, have returned to an island in the Mississippi River.
The blue herons that had their homes destroyed by a tornado were released back into the wild on Monday.
With their eyes pressed into binoculars, National Park Service rangers went on a scouting mission. In a flat-bottom river boat, they motored their way down the Mississippi River near Camden in north Minneapolis.