I think the Pipeline Rapids walkway is downtown Richmond’s best kept secret. On any given visit, it’s often just you and the raging James River in a setting that mixes the wild and natural river and the urban landscape of the bustling city. And in the spring, the area has fascinating views into the world of a Great Blue Heron rookery. Want to take a tour and learn a little about this Richmond phenomenon?
Celebrate Valentine’s Day (Feb. 12 tour) by watching the courtship behavior of Great Blue Herons — some eerily similar to humans. Spotting scopes and interpretation provided. Bring cameras and binoculars. Dress warmly. Site on Pipeline (“Trestle”) Trail near 12th and Byrd Street has a short ladder. Special Parking at Whitewater Boater’s Lot at north end of 14th Street Bridge.
WHEN: Feb. 12 and Feb. 26: 10 a.m. to noon — $5 adults/kids $1. Sponsors: Richmond Audubon Society and the James River Park System (Richmond Recreation, Parks & Community Facilities) – 646-8911 – www.RichmondGov.com