Tag Archives: Nature

Wildlife you can’t see during spring fish migration

A sign on the Floodwall at the Manchester Dam overlook has plenty of information on the river and underwater wildlifeAs spring quickly approaches and the migration of fish through the Falls of the James River increases, there is a wealth of information to be gained from a sign on the Floodwall Walk at the overlook to the Manchester Dam on the south bank in downtown Richmond, provided by the Richmond Audubon Society and the James River Park: Continue reading

Win $500 with Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s watershed photo contest

Great blue heron at Manchester Dam, from the Floodwall WalkThe Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) announces its seventh annual watershed photo contest. Photo submissions are being accepted through April 15. Photographers of all skill level and ages 13 and up are encouraged to participate to win the top cash prize of $500 and have their photo featured in CBF’s award-winning publications. Continue reading

Pony Pasture salamanders make annual rite of passage

I’ve been told these little creatures don’t get in to the river, they just lay their eggs in the muddy pools of mud on the south side of Riverside Drive between The Meadow and Pony Pasture. Rex Springston of the Richmond Times-Dispatch made note of the salamanders annual rite of passage: Continue reading

Ralph White discusses how Huguenot Bridge construction will impact environment

Ralph White and Andrew Freiden discuss the Huguenot BridgeThe removal of trees and natural habitats along the James River and scenic Riverside Drive for the construction of the replacement for Huguenot Bridge is complete, but the major three-year reconstruction has just begun. 

James River Park System has a sign just east of the bridge that may answer many questions about the Huguenot Bridge.The James River Park System has a sign just east of the bridge that may answer many questions about how the construction impact the James River Park land below. See the video as NBC12’s Andrew Freiden talks with park manager Ralph White:

So what happens to the wildlife during the construction, and what will happen afterwards? For the answer, we went to James River Park manager Ralph White — a respected voice for river-lovers.

“I’m very supportive of this whole-hearted effort — let’s do it right,” White said. He said VDOT and construction company Skandia listened during the planning process — and they’ve been sensitive to wildlife from Day 1.

See the rest of the interview and the video at www.NBC12.com

Share your biggest brush with wildlife on the James

Snake sunning on a rock at Williams IslandThere have been rumors of a bear living on Williams Island. Eagles, osprey and Great Blue Heron nesting all throughout the Falls of the James. Big fish of many kinds. Snakes, turtles and lizards and all over the place. Deer, raccoon, fox, possum….you name it, the James is home to plenty of wildlife. Have you ever had a memorable encounter with wildlife on the James River? Share your story!