The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

Science in the Park

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Fish & Insects

Water abounds throughout the 550 acres of the James River Park System. From big water rapids to quiet wetlands to braided channels to ephemeral vernal pools – the waters of the Park are a fascinating mix of habitats and animals. A vernal pool yielded the City’s first documentation of fairy shrimp, an iconic species of these temporary waters. A true surprise was the sighting of an Atlantic sturgeon, an ancient species of fish, thought to be long extirpated from the James. So keep your eyes open and your camera ready, as you explore the waters of the Park for species large and small.

The Spawn from Friends of James River Park on Vimeo.

  Fish and Insects Documented in the Park
Blueback Herring Blueback Herring, Alosa aestivais
Odonates Odonata, Dragonflies and Damselflies
Fairy shrimp Fairy Shrimp, Eubranchipus vernalis
Sturgeon Atlantic Sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus


See animals found in the park.

Species Lists