Guess Who’s NOT Coming to Dinner – Daily Prompt: Morality Play, continued

Heron is off the menu!

“What was legal in the 19th century is not legal in the 21st, so please do NOT try this recipe with heron!”

Great blue heron landing on the shoreline, wings akimbo.

Great blue heron landing on the shoreline, wings akimbo.

Continuing on from Monday’s post, Consciousness Raising: Not just a buzzword from the 60’s, I’m pleased to report that the organization which had published those instructions for cooking herons has responded favorably.

After i contacted them with some consciousness raising information, they graciously placed this disclaimer right in their heron recipe:
Ed.Note: Please be sure to read the comment posted by Babsje below. What was legal in the 19th century is not legal in the 21st, so please do NOT try this recipe with heron!

And they also posted a comment clarifying their intentions around the recipe:

“Babsje, thank you very much for posting the above information. We very much share your sensitivity towards laws protecting endangered species of any kind. We will leave the recipe up, with your good comments highlighted in the post itself. This was part of life in the 19th century, and we’re trying to use that *history* to spark discussion about subsequent events. (We also do not condone the eating of sparrows, even though they’re not federally protected”

I love happy endings.

And if you missed that earlier post, please take a moment and visit the links in my Protecting Birds widget to learn more about ethical bird watching and ethical nature photography. For the full list of federally protected birds, click here. The birds will thank you.


Thanks for the Daily Prompt nudge, Michelle W and WordPress.

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Posted on June 26, 2013, in ardea herodias, Bird photography, Birds, daily prompt, Great Blue Heron, Inspiration, Nature, Photography, postaday, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Hi! My name is Arsen. I am a designer from Spain. Your blog seems pretty interesting to me, hence I’d like to befriend with you.

  2. I was wondering if it was some historical cooking site, like medieval recipes for larks’ tongues in aspic.

  3. Thanks. They were translating a cookbook and had included the heron recipe which caught my eye. There is a note in their “about” section stating “extra credit for anyone who tries out the stranger recipes” and that raised further questions for me. Suggesting that people actually try out the “stranger recipes” seemed to take it out of the purely historical (or academic) effort arena, so I felt it worth taking a chance and reaching out, just to err on the side of caution. Best, Babsje.

  4. Good for you for chasing this one donw Babsje! We have many herons here and I cannot imagine anyone eating them. They are very beautiful and incredibly graceful.

    • Thanks, Tina. They are indeed magnificently beautiful. Sadly, there are other recipes out there, such as from owners of fish ponds more interested in protecting an investment in their koi…

  5. Back when the Pioneers were homesteading “everything” was literally on the table as far as eating goes! You name it and people ate it! Which is the reason why the humble Carrier Pigeon went bye bye!
    These days there is no need to eat our fine feathered friends. We can all give Thanks to that!

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