2014 Heron Days Birding Boat Tours Cancelled

The Redbud Audubon Society has announced that its popular nature event, Heron Days, will be on hiatus for 2014 because of the low level of Clear Lake.

Cancellation was based on concerns about the quality of the birding educational experience and boating safety.

With boats unable to enter the shallows of Anderson Marsh and Shirley Slough at Corinthian Bay, guests cannot get close views of the heron rookeries and abundant bird life in these areas. Audubon’s expert bird guides felt strongly that the educational purpose of the boat tours would be compromised, and guests would be disappointed.

The low water levels along the shoreline and in the channels also pose danger of boat damage from submerged objects. Local boat owners generously volunteer their boats and their time to make possible these tours, and Audubon cannot risk harm to passengers or boats from these unusual lake conditions.

"This was a difficult decision because these tours are eagerly anticipated each year, said Audubon president Marilyn Waits. “We hope that next year will bring sufficient rain to raise the lake to normal levels, and we can again resume these popular nature boat tours."