Tag Archives: Rex Springston

Gizzard shad swimming up the James River to spawn

Richmond Times-Dispatch environmental reporter Rex Springston points out a welcome sign of spring: gizzard shad make their way up the James River in Richmond to spawn. See the story and video on timesdispatch.com: Continue reading

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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

More opinions on white rings on James River rocks

Some of the white rings on the rocks are very distinct, almost like they were painted onThe white rings found on many rocks in the James River haven’t gone away, though the recent rains may change that. JRNH got an answer from James River Park manager Ralph White and now Rex Springston of the Richmond Times-Dispatch picked up the story and found a few more opinions on what is causing the rings. Continue reading

Great blue heron rookery update (and osprey sighting)

Great blue heron

Credit: P. KEVIN MORLEY/TIMES-DISPATCH

The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Rex Springston had a story in Monday’s edition about the great blue heron rookery and had many good quotes from nature-lovers. We’ve also got a Pipeline Rapids rookery update from JRNH’s eye in the sky, Jim Alexander: Continue reading

‘Sex on the James’ as great blue heron return to rookery for spring

James River Park manager Ralph White led a tour of the great blue heron rookery with the Richmond Audubon Society at the Pipeline Rapids walkway Phil Riggan – James River News Hub

James River Park manager Ralph White led a tour of the great blue heron rookery with the Richmond Audubon Society at the Pipeline Rapids walkway on Saturday and had plenty of knowledge to share about “sex on the James” and the “strange behavior” that unfolds each spring at the end of the Falls of the James River in Richmond.

“Most of the rookeries tend to be in isolated areas, so this is strange behavior,” White said. “Herons are known to be a little skittish around people, but here they have chosen to live next to people. The reason is, they are perfectly safe. It is isolated. There is water, there is an island and tall trees.”   Continue reading

Bald eagles return to nest at James River

How much do you love the view of the James River from the Boulevard Bridge? How much more exciting would it be for you to see a bald eagle? Rex Springston covered this recently in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Many Richmonders got excited when a pair of bald eagles built a nest last year in the James River near the Boulevard Bridge.

That excitement turned to sadness when the birds abandoned the nest, apparently because their eggs got cold and died.

Now the birds are back — and facing better odds for producing chicks.

Soiled Gillies Creek finally getting attention

On the heels of CSX sponsoring a program this past Saturday that planted 76 trees along Gillies Creek, now the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Rex Springston writes about plans to further improve the neglected and abused tributary to the James River: 

The State Water Control Board took a step toward cleaning the James River from Richmond to Hopewell. The board agreed to send to the Environmental Protection Agency, for approval by the federal office, a plan to reduce fecal bacteria in the James. The bacteria can pose a health risk to swimmers and waders.

Much of the discussion at the board meeting centered on whether Richmond should be required to spend millions of dollars to clean Gillies Creek, a gritty, urban stream that flows into the James in the city’s east end.

The health of the James in Richmond grades well until it reaches the tidal waters downtown, and Gillies Creek is one of the problem tributaries in the watershed. NOTE: Could not locate a link to the study I saw that had the grades for downtown Richmond and beyond. Need help!