As 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
In a recent conversation with Richmond Times-Dispatch staff writer and Richmond Audubon Society member Rex Springston, I was told that the great blue heron rookery is most active are just after dawn and just before dusk. This is the time of year when they have most likely already mated and are brooding their eggs. They switch on and off, with one sitting alone in the nest while the other is feeding in the river. Continue reading
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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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