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

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Either a juvenile house sparrow or female house sparrow. A male sparrow is seen above.

Female house sparrow coming in for a landing.

Where Spotted: Westover Hills
Common Name:  House Sparrow a.k.a. Random Little Brown Bird
Scientific Name: Passer domesticus
Length: 5.9-6.7 in (15-17 cm)
Weight: 0.9-1.1 oz (27-30 g)
Wingspan: 7.5-9.8 in (19-25 cm)

Quick Facts

  • The House Sparrow was introduced into Brooklyn, New York, in 1851. By 1900 it had spread to the Rocky Mountains.
  • Due to its abundance, ease to raise and general lack of fear towards humans, the House Sparrow has proved to be an excellent model organism for many avian biological studies.
  • House Sparrows in flocks have a pecking order much the way chickens in a farmyard do.
  • House Sparrows have been seen stealing food from American Robins and piercing flowers to drain them of nectar.

Brett Russell at RACC

Primary Color: Grey Tabby
Weight: 9.5
Age: 7yrs 0mths 3wks
Sex: Male
Pet ID: 83662

Adopt Brett Russell at RACC

Learn more about their Adoption Process or how to Foster A Pet.

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An ongoing list of resources and businesses that are helping the Richmond community in this time of crisis.

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Social distancing is the term used to describe certain actions recommended by health officials to disrupt the chain of contagion in a pandemic.  This involves steps such as: keeping 3-6 feet from others, avoiding public gatherings, and limiting face to face contact with others.

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  • Richmond Public Schools has begun meal distribution for ALL RPS families that starts today, Monday, March 16th. Please visit one of our food distribution sites 9:30 am-12:30 pm to receive shelf sustainable food for your family during the break! Sites will be open Monday-Friday.

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  • Greater Richmond Continuum (GRCoC) is providing emergency shelter alternatives and coordinated plans to aid the homeless in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

    The GRCoC partners need donations to meet the needs of the homeless population:

    – $10 gift cards for gas stations and food for shelter residents and unsheltered individuals;

    – Cleaning supplies, including soap, hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, tissues, trash masks, and disposable face masks;

    – Thermometers;

    – Canned food; and

    – Bus tickets for residents.

    If you’re interested in donating, please contact Michael Rogers of Homeward at [email protected] or via phone at 804-343-2045, extension 22. If you’d like to donate directly, click here.

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Downtown Rush Hour During COVID-19

Just a few shots from downtown at 8 AM on a Friday but most definitely not a normal Friday.

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Fox Elementary Teacher Train Coming to a Street Near You Today

Fox teachers and staff are driving through the area to say hello and goodbye to their students. Give them so love back.

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Fox teachers are driving through the district to say hello to their students. Show them how much y’all miss and appreciate them. Make a poster, wave, give a virtual high-five from a safe distance to cheer them on.

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