What does the heron symbolize in "A White Heron"?

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The white heron can symbolize a few things.  First, the heron symbolizes Sylvia's dedication and connection to nature.  Sylvia has a special connection to and love for nature.  She immediately connects to it when she is in it.  Since she does not tell the hunter about the heron, she is connected to it.  She recognizes the beauty and significance of it. 

The heron symbolizes nature and its importance and aesthetic beauty.  They are graceful and delicate creatures.  To see one is truly an amazing sight.