An adult great blue heron returns to a nest of fledglings last Saturday at Sterling Nature Center in Cayuga County. Mike Greenlar | Central Current

June is prime time for viewing great blue heron nests at the rookery at the Sterling Nature Center. This is the time of the year the fledglings are most active, testing their wings before leaving the nest. Although the number of nests has diminished over the years there’s still plenty of action at this beaver wetland area, home to the heron rookery.  The vista scene from the two viewing decks has an almost prehistoric look about it.

Sterling Nature Center is a 1,428-acre nature preserve located in the northeastern corner of Cayuga County in the town of Sterling. The center’s mission is to manage the area’s natural resources and to promote an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

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