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In Seattle, in a secluded ravine just steps away from a busy ship canal, nearly 100 pairs of Great Blue Herons return each year to nest. A group of citizens called Heron Habitat Helpers has helped this colony thrive. Their president, John “Hooper” Havekotte, credits the founders, Donna Kostka and Heidi Carpine. Before the organization began, the ravine was home to tons of garbage. Now, just a few years later, due to the work of all the volunteers, the garbage is gone and the heron colony has doubled. In 2010, the City of Seattle named Kiwanis Ravine its first official wildlife sanctuary in a park.