What is Street Creatures?  This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.

How does it work?  Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.

Follow me on Twitter to play #StreetCreatures live every Friday at 9am PST.

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)


Although rivals in just about everything, both of these PNW cities have made the Great Blue Heron their official city bird. Let’s just not start asking which cities loves the herons more.

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A few species of birds, including herons, have powder on their feathers. When raked with their special comb-like edged claws, the powder coats the slime of caught fish and makes it clump up. Easy cleanup!

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Like egrets, heron feathers were used on women’s hats. In 1903 the price of plumes for hats was so high, they were literally worth twice their weight in gold.

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Some birds hatch precocial (eyes open, ready to run) and some hatch altricial (downy, eyes closed completely dependent), but herons are mixed. They hatch with their eyes open, but have down, can’t move and can’t feed themselves.