Tag Archives: Wildlife

Capturing images of great blue heron takes inspiration, patience

Five great blue heron at Pipeline Rapids. CREDIT: Shirley FoxI’ve met many people who are inspired by the awesome natural beauty and power of the James River. There have been many environmentalists, outdoorsmen, naturalists, artists, fisherman, photographers and more born from perhaps a single visit to Richmond’s riverfront. Continue reading


SOLD: Beautiful home overlooking James west of Boulevard Bridge

View from atop stone pier near Choo Choo RapidsOff the market, a single-family dwelling in a thriving neighborhood just west of the Boulevard Bridge and overlooking the James River, with beautiful landscaping, close to food sources and flood insurance not needed. Continue reading

Discovery of salamanders sign that Cannon Creek ravine not wasteland

Some gravel has been put in place at Cannon CreekIt has been two years since I participated in a cleanup at Cannon Creek. The amount of trash was not the issue from what I recall, it was the type of trash. There were hundreds of tires, couches and old deteriorated mattresses that had become buried in the mud. It took truckloads to remove the trash, and I don’t think we moved more than 50 feet  while we were there. Continue reading

Mystery goat roaming hills above Pump House?

Goat roaming Byrd ParkA Byrd Park resident who lives up from the Atlantic Coast Beltline Bridge near the Carillon has a roaming goat problem. She said the goat has eaten five new holly trees in her yard. She said she has seen him in her yard for a couple of years. Continue reading

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

Caught on tape: Albino python prowls at Belle Isle

Snake in the James River at Belle Isle

Credit: NBC12

A Richmond man on Belle Isle shot video of an eight-foot long albino snake, perhaps a python, as it slithered in the James River, according to NBC12’s Tara Morgan.  The snake was someone’s pet and the owner let it loose for a while Sunday, freaking out some onlookers. Was it legal? The NBC12 said:

According to Richmond Parks and Recreation, there’s no regulation against bringing a snake-like that into a city park but once you let go of that reptile you’re breaking state law and it could lead to jail time. It’s against state law for reptile owners to knowingly allow them to run at large or in this case slither.

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!