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One of our winged neighbors allowed me to take a few photos this morning.

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This Barred Owl was spotted near Reedy Creek along the road leading to Nickel Bridge.

Barred Owl facts courtesy of Raptor Conversancy of Virginia:

Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Range
A resident species in Virginia. Found from Canada south through the eastern United States to the Gulf Coast, including Florida and Texas.

Size
Length          17–20 inches
Wingspan     39–43 inches
Weight          17–37 ounces

Habitat
Woodlands, swamps, dense forests, lake shores, ravines; usually near water.

Diet
Mice, insects, snakes, lizards and salamanders; also known to eat smaller owls and other birds.

Characteristics
A non-tufted owl, and the only eastern owl with deep brown eyes which can appear blue-black in certain light. Nests in cavities in trees, but will use old nests of red-shouldered hawks, crows or ravens. A vocal owl with a variety of calls. Most common hoot is a sequence of “Who-cooks-for-you, Who-cooks-for-you?

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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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Westover Hills is the New Home for Rage

Destruction in a safe and controlled manner could be just what your mental health needs.

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The current mystery on everybody’s mind is what will be going into the former Ireland Cleaners at the corner of Forest Hill Avenue and Westover Hills Boulevard. Well, that mystery is solved thanks to some incredible detective work (I opened Facebook and read a post) by yours truly.

It will be the new location of Rage RVA. A spot where you can get your aggression out without harming anyone or destroying any of your precious tchotchkes. In the safe confines of a room, with all the proper protection you can go full Office Space on a printer.

Image from Rage RVA Facebook

That’s not all. If your expression tends to the more creative side there will also be Splatter RVA on site. Which will, you guessed it, splatter or spray paint to your art’s content.

Posted on Facebook by Nicole Michelau 

It isn’t common neighborhood knowledge, but back in 2019 my family and I launched RageRVA out of our garage in Forest Hill. If you’re not familiar, a rage room is a space to safely get your emotions out through breaking glass, dishes, electronics or cars. However, don’t let the word rage confuse you – most of our customers aren’t raging, they’re celebrating!

We’ve hosted bachelor, bachelorette, wedding, birthday and divorce parties. While we quickly realized it was going to need its own space, Forest Hill remains very special to us, so I’m delighted to let you be the first to know that we’re coming back. We have signed a lease on the former Ireland Cleaners and plan to open in early August.

In addition to our RageRVA experience we’re also launching our latest entertainment – Splatter RVA – to share the space. Have an event or enjoy your birthday with us, throwing or spraying neon paint in our blacklight paint room to create a one of a kind masterpiece on a canvas you get to take home! We’ll begin booking fall birthday celebrations in our new party room shortly.

I believe we’ll be a great neighbor as the majority of our guests travel to RageRVA from outside of Richmond then stay in the area to enjoy a meal. We’ve had guests travel from as far as Boston to experience a session with us, and I hope you’ll consider us for your next special occasion.

I plan to have a socially distant grand opening once we’ve had a chance to settle in, stay tuned!

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Shout out to @Vanjester on Instagram or donated her awesome photo of the opossum. Check out her Instagram it’s one of our favorites.

Where Spotted: Southside
Common Name: Opossum
Scientific Name: Didelphis virginiana
Length: 2.5 feet (76 centimeters), nose to tail
Weight: 8.8 to 13.2 lbs. (4 to 6 kilograms)

Quick Facts (more than usual)

  • North America’s only marsupial (female has a pouch) mammal. The female carries and nurses her young in her marsupium until they are about 2 to 3 months old; then they are carried on her back another 1 to 2 months whenever they are away from the den.
  • When threatened or harmed, they will “play possum”, mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. This physiological response is involuntary (like fainting), rather than a conscious act. When an opossum is “playing possum”, the animal’s lips are drawn back, the teeth are bared, saliva foams around the mouth, the eyes close or half-close, and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands.
  • Opossums eat dead animals, insects, rodents and birds. They also feed on eggs, frogs, plants, fruits and grain. One source notes their need for high amounts of calcium.[40] To fulfill this need, opossums eat the skeletal remains of rodents and roadkill animals. Opossums also eat dog food, cat food and human food waste.
  • Opossums are also notable for their ability to clean themselves of ticks, which they then eat. Some estimates suggest they can eliminate up to 5,000 ticks in a season.[44]
  • Many large opossums (Didelphini) are immune to the venom of rattlesnakes and pit vipers (Crotalinae) and regularly prey upon these snakes.
  • The Virginia opossum was once widely hunted and consumed in the United States. Opossum farms have been operated in the United States in the past.

Skittles at Richmond SPCA

Hello everybody! My name is Skittles and I am always ready to make a statement. I know it is time to break out the trumpets and play the bugles because I am ready to prance into my own adoption parade! If you like to have fun and smile a lot, I am just the girl for you. We could have a downright blast together and I am becoming giddy by the minute simply thinking of how many photo albums we can fill together. I am waiting right here, at the Richmond SPCA!
Age: 6 years, 1 month
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Brown / White
Declawed: No
ID: 44432944

Adopt Skittles at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

 

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Help Map Out All Richmond’s Bike Parking Spots

Find out where to park and add spots in which to park your bicycle.

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A virtual hat tip to CHPN for posting about this project. This could definitely help out our area. Just so you know it’s an app for both your Apple and Google based products.

 The Bicycle Parking Project is a user-driven attempt to map bike parking. Someone has been busy in the Museum District, but the East End and Southside need some folks to show some love.

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