April Gateway Message Below-added 4/15
The Blue Herons Are Back!
When the Gateway Museum took ownership of the Bogardus Farm last year- we discovered a Blue Heron Rookery with at least 60 nests located in trees along a large pond deep inside the 160 acre tract of land. There was speculation about whether this Rookery was active or not. If there were Blue Herons last year- they had left for the season when we started looking at the nests last July. There is no longer any speculation- THE BLUE HERONS HAVE RETURNED! We counted at least 40 birds on the nests late last month and there is reason to believe there are more. A spectacular sight to see. These giant creatures with 6 foot wingspans are beautiful and yet comical to watch as they fly in and out of the nesting area. It is not easy for two of these birds to share a nest. And amazingly enough they often tend to build the colony vertical. Some of the tree sites appear to be 3 story apartment buildings with birds occupying each of the 3 floors of the tree. For those of us used to seeing a single Blue Heron next to or in shallow water areas fishing by themselves- it is just incredible to watch 40 of these amazing birds nesting together in a relatively small area. We will post pictures on this website in the next few days.
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Welcome to the Gateway Museum
The Gateway Museum provides a full summer of concerts, lectures, classes and displays for the residents of Morristown, tourists and surrounding communities. The building that houses the Gateway Museum was built in 1910, by the Comstock family as a community center for their employees at their factory, Dr. Morse’s Indian Root Pills. Once a thriving township with multiple factories and businesses, the town has changed, but is still an unpolished gem in the North Country.