Spring is here, even if the recent cold and rain won’t let us revel in it. I’ve had Pony Pasture on the brain lately. I was getting updates on the salamanders that breed in late February/early March. I paddled from there two weeks ago across the river to Williams Island for a hike. I took my son’s Cub Scout den there Monday to explore nature and learn about trash collecting. It’s a special place.
While adventuring on Williams Island this weekend, I noticed a red-bottomed paddle boat turned upside down just below the north dam at Williams Island, which is just across the river from Pony Pasture Rapids. It probably was washed down during the past flooding on the James River, but it could have been there even longer since that area is not visited much during the winter months.
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
The abandoned refrigerator at Pony Pasture Rapids has been pulled from the James River and left beside the trash recepticle along the River Trail. The mini-refrigerator had been floating about 50 yards east past the takeout this past weekend and I had been told it might have been there for a week or so.
Who pulled it out? Take credit for your good deed please!
Did anybody lose a refrigerator at Pony Pasture Rapids? There is a mini-refrigerator about 50 yards east past the takeout. I wasn’t able to get it out by myself, it was water-logged and muddy. It didn’t seem like it had been there very long, but certainly needs to go. If anyone gets it out, it would probably be best to leave it at the parking lot and let the park system take care of it.
Saturday from 1-4 p.m. you should make your way down to the river to watch the James River Environmental Art Project. The James River UFO environmental art performance event by a University of Richmond student features recycled poultry feathers that will travel downriver contained within a floating sculptural barrier. View it from Huguenot Flatwater to Pony Pasture along trails and Riverside Drive. See more from Hills & Heights:
The motivation for the work is to call attention to nonpoint source nutrient pollution and water quality legislation. Chicken feathers are being used since they serve as a natural absorbent of heavy metal ions from water effluent. Style Weekly had an article in December about the first attempt to launch this project and the first link provides more details including the best spots to view the work.
Bird Walk at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and James River Park Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb. 18-21, 2011). This important citizen science project helps ornithologists take a snapshot of wintering bird populations throughout North America year after year. Join in for one or several of the following sites:
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens: Meet in the rotunda of the visitor center. Cost will be $6 for non garden members, finish around 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Brown’s Island: Then the count will continue on to the James River Park (free), meeting at the parking lot next to the Tredegar Ironworks (500 Tredegar Street) at 10:10 a.m. to count birds at Brown’s Island.
Pony Pasture Rapids: Parking lot on Riverside Drive around 11:30 a.m. On-foot and count from car assignments are available for the Pony Pasture and Huguenot flatwater areas. Counters are also needed for the 42nd Street area and other areas on the south river bank.
Counters should return to the parking lot at Pony Pasture at 12:45 p.m. to tally their sightings. Trip will finish at 1:30 p.m. with a look at the lake at the office park behind Stony Point Shopping Center.
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