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Get outside and help Richmond win the City Nature Challenge 2018

Which city on Earth has the most nature and the most engaged residents? City Nature Challenge 2018 aims to find out!

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It’s supposed to be beautiful outside over the next couple days. You and your phone should get outside and enjoy nature. While you’re both out there take a few (or a ton) of pictures and participate in the City Nature Challenge. Participation is easy. Install the iNaturalist app, set up an account (takes seconds), take pictures of a plant or animal, then upload it using the app. We’ve got three days we can do this, April 27th through April 30th. A winner will be announced on May 4th.

If nature scares you, join this event at Blue Bee Cider and combine your love of drinking, iPhoneing, and competition.

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Just take a picture of a plant or animal, upload it to the iNaturalist app, and the iNaturalist community will help you identify them. Any observation made in the metro Richmond area – including the Cities of Richmond and Petersburg and Charles City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and New Kent Counties – will count during the four day challenge.

Building on the success of the first City Nature Challenge in 2016 between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the 2017 City Nature Challenge across 16 US cities, the event is going global in 2018!

More than 60 cities on five continents are taking part in the City Nature Challenge – see the full list of cities here: http://citynaturechallenge.org/. Results will be announced Friday, May 4, so be sure to upload your observations by then!

Last year over 126,000 observations were logged in 5 days by over 4,000 citizen scientists, representing more than 8,500 species in the United States! What will we find this year, when we look all over the world?

The City Nature Challenge is organized by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.

Hat tip to Andy Thompson at RichmondOutside.com for posting about the event.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Virginia Capital Trail celebrates five years with month-long celebration encouraging everyone to get outside

The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, which celebrated its 5th Birthday on October 2nd, invites walkers, runners, and bikers to complete outdoor activities, exploring sites along the Trail, and earning virtual badges that unlock educational facts about the Virginia Capital Trail.

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The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, which celebrated its 5th Birthday on October 2nd, invites walkers, runners, and bikers to complete outdoor activities, exploring sites along the Trail, and earning virtual badges that unlock educational facts about the Virginia Capital Trail.

In celebration of the Capital Trail’s fifth anniversary, participants will have the opportunity to select five out of eight exciting activities to complete between October 1st and 31st. Each activity will inspire participants to explore and experience the Capital Trail in a new way. Trail users are encouraged to challenge their friends and Trail friends for added fun!

“The Virginia Capital Trail is a wonderful recreational and transportation asset to our local communities and region. We are extremely excited to launch this engaging event in celebration of the Virginia Capital Trail’s 5th Anniversary,” shares Cat Anthony, executive director of the Virginia Capital Trail. “This is a great opportunity to introduce the Capital Trail to new visitors, showcase its impact, encourage outdoor recreation, and celebrate not only the Virginia Capital Trail but our amazing Trail community.”

For more information, click here.

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James River Park Rules for Memorial Day Weekend

The weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend is a mixed bag but the rules and closures are straight forward.

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Memorial Day weekend is always a busy time in our parks, beaches, and pools. This year with Covid-19 the options are limited and those that are open have new rules in place to try and keep everyone healthy.

The James River Park System will be open this Memorial Day Weekend, but in order to help protect the public, we are taking the precautionary measures listed below:

  • Pony Pasture Parking Lot Closed
  • Texas Beach/North Bank Parking Lot Closed
  • Tredegar Green Parking Lot Closed
  • Ancarrow’s Parking Lot limited to 60 vehicles
  • 21st Tower Closed
  • Pipeline Trail Closed
  • Manchester Climbing Wall Closed
  • No Public Bathrooms
  • River Level will be above 10 feet- No Swimming!

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Great Backyard Bird Count Flies in this Weekend

This post is for the birds, literally.

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We post our fair share of winged friends on this site. I’m mostly entirely to blame for the proliferation of plumed pals. If you share my same fascination with creatures that can defy gravity and come in so many shapes and sizes please consider signing up the Great Backyard Bird Count. If you’re interested in finding out even more about our local birds you can always go hang out with the Richmond Audubon Society.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

The 23rd annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 14, through Monday, February 17, 2020. Please visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information and be sure to check out the latest educational and promotional resources.

It wouldn’t be a post about birds if I didn’t share some new bird photos. This is a Great Blue Heron spotted grabbing dinner at Chez Forest Hill Park Lake.


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