Celebrate Earth Day - Saturday, April 20
with the Friends
Pair with a board member and volunteer at our table. Contact us:
[email protected] We'll be at the Turning Basin from 11 - 5.
Join us for a chat and take a guided Heron Rookery Tour with Park guru, Ralph White. He'll be leading folks to the Heron Rookery, a short walk away, at 12, 2 and 4. (You should know, there is a steep ladder to climb down and back up in order to get on the beach to view the herons.) Bring your binoculars!
The Park's Pride -The Spotted Salamanders
After diligent work by Park staff and the Friends it looks like a very successful Spotted Salamander season. Here you see one of roughly 50 egg masses about to hatch in our Salamander Pool along Riverside Drive. The pool is maintained by Park staff with the authority of Department of Public Utilities, Department of Parks and Recreation and overseen by Anne Wright, Environmental Outreach Education VCU Rice Center and FoJRP board member. Our salamanders have thrived in this vernal pool which fills during the rainy winter and spring seasons to provide a friendly habitat for the "cuties" and then drains with the drier summer weather and therefore is not a wet area for mosquitoes to thrive. Please read further:
Birding Tour & Fundraiser
On April 28th join Captain Mike for a Birding Tour & Fundraiser
Benefiting Richmond Audubon Society and Friends of the James River Park
Featuring Arun Bose & Ralph White as your guides
James River Park license plates
are now making money for the Park!
Yours is just a click away at:
If you're already a proud owner, remember to renew!
Check out the progress on Chapel Island. When you are in the Shockoe Bottom, go to Great Shiplock Park and hop over to the new Chapel Island site. Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation's Nathan Burrell (interim Park superintendent & trail manager), along with dozens of volunteers have spear-headed turning this neglected wild area into a user friendly site for walking, birding, and paddling.
Another successful Conservation Easement
inspection was completed recently. All parcels of the Park protected by the easement must be inspected each year to be sure the areas remain natural and unchanged.
Pick up the Poop and Don't Pollute!
City of Richmond posted billboards last October to encourage pet owners to pick up and dispose of their dogs' waste, and the Friends are huge supporters of this campaign. To further the effort, park visitors will see signs advising owners to pick up pet waste and in many locations they will find bag stations available.
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