Black-Crowned Night Herons are the official bird of Oakland thanks to the advocacy of the members of a third-grade class, one of whom famously declared the heron "a cool and funky bird, just like Oakland."
The heron features in a May 2020 mural painted by artist Chris Granillo on Lakeside Avenue near Lake Merritt, the nation's first wildlife refuge.
Oakland's Night Herons in the news
- Oakland Magazine, The Great Heron Project
- SF Gate, Night Herons Settling Down in Downtown Oakland
- Hoodline, Oakland's Black-Crowned Night Herons just about at their Peak, says Wildlife Expert
- San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland's Black-Crowned Night Herons backed by Audubon