New York Natural Heritage Program
Little Blue Heron
Egretta caerulea (Linnaeus, 1758)
Birds

Threats [-]
Degradation of breeding and foraging habitat is the greatest threat to little blue herons (McCrimmon 2006). Other threats include flooding, development, disturbance of nesting areas by human activity such as boating, fishing, dredge spoil deposition, and predation primarily by gulls, fox, and raccoons (Rodgers and Smith 1995; New York Natural Heritage Program 2009).

Conservation Strategies and Management Practices [-]
Continue to develop and conduct management and habitat restoration plans along with with state, local, and federal partners. Continue to monitor populations and discuss ways to improve survey methods. Compare state population trends against regional trends to determine population dynamics across various geographic areas and time periods. Consider developing and initiating a banding program to get a better handle on breeding populations and migratory patterns (Rodgers and Smith 1995; McCrimmon 2006).

Research Needs [-]
More information is needed regarding life history and behavior in order to better protect this species. Research and identify key habitat characteristics necessary for breeding, foraging, and wintering areas. Identify all potential threats including those created by human disturbance as well as predators, pathogens, and invasive species, and seek ways to diminish their impact (McCrimmon 2006).