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Take Down Your Bird Feeders to Help Fight Unknown Disease

We’re big fans of birds and hope this disease doesn’t cause too much damage.

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Statement by Virginia Cooperative Extension Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Virginia is one of a growing number of states in the mid-Atlantic and greater Ohio River Valley regions currently experiencing a situation where large numbers of birds have become sick, incapacitated, or died. Although extensive investigation and testing is underway, a causative agent has not yet been identified. Not all bird species appear to be affected; those most affected so far have been Common Grackles, Blue Jays, European Starlings, American Robins, and various finch species. At this time, there does not appear to be any indication of transmission to or impact for humans, but residents are urged to not come into direct contact with nor handle any birds until such time as a causative factor has been determined.

At this time, residents are being asked to immediately do the following:

  • Take down all bird feeders, empty and properly dispose of any unused contents, clean and disinfect (with 10% bleach solution) the feeders, and let air dry before putting them into temporary storage. Do not refill or replace feeders until directed that conditions are safe to resume feeding. Although there is no evidence to suggest that hummingbirds currently are being impacted by this event, it is recommended that all hummingbird feeders also should be a part of this sanitation effort.
  • Empty, clean, and disinfect (with 10% bleach solution) any bird baths or other receptacle used to provide birds with water for drinking or bathing; do not refill until directed. • Keep companion animals away from sick or dead birds.
  • Do not touch or handle sick or dead birds unless necessary for safety reasons; where contact is necessary, wear disposable gloves that then can be disposed safely without exposing others to potential hazard.
  • If sick and/or dying birds are encountered, please complete and submit a reporting form (https://dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/bird-mortalityreporting-form/) to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

Because of the volume of birds involved in this event, many of our local wildlife rehabilitators are being overwhelmed with requests to provide care. Before thinking about transporting any birds to a rehabilitator, call ahead and make sure the facility is willing and capable of accepting additional patients and to obtain instructions on how to legally and safely transport an animal in need of care.

Additional information about this mortality event can be obtained at the website of the U.S. National Wildlife Health Center (https://www.usgs.gov/news/interagencystatement-usgs-and-partners-investigating-dc-area-bird-mortality-event).

Don’t worry about your feathered friends going hungry. Summertime is a time of plenty for the birds.

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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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RRRC Pony Pasture 5k

Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still.

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This Saturday at 7:30 AM runners will gather to honor a friend and raise money for the RRRC Scholarship Fund.

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Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still. Peter was a scholar, gentleman, runner, and a friend to many. The proceeds of this race benefit the Richmond Road Runners Club Scholarship Fund. Each year the club has awarded $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The scholarships are awarded to individuals who have and will represent the beneficial aspects of running as a healthy lifestyle. The recipients of the 2021 scholarships will be announced at the conclusion of the Pony Pasture 5K.
RRRC Pony Pasture 5K, in memory of Peter Still, is a RRRC Club Championship Race for 2021.

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New murals add a splash of color to Willow Lawn

A mural project recently wrapped up at Willow Lawn, where several new murals painted by acclaimed Richmond-based muralist Ed Trask are on display throughout the shopping center.  

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A mural project recently wrapped up at Willow Lawn, where several new murals painted by acclaimed Richmond-based muralist Ed Trask are on display throughout the shopping center.

Richmond-based marketing agency Rocket Pop and Trask collaborated on the design of the murals, which represent Richmond, the history of Willow Lawn, and birds, a common element in Richmond’s populated mural scene.

The project incorporates Richmond skylines and the James River – acknowledging Richmond is known as the river city – and the Blue Ridge mountains.

“There is no better means to connect with people than through art,” said Deirdre Johnson, Vice President of Asset Management.  “This mural provides a unique photo opportunity by featuring elements of the community, environment, and history while engaging with customers as they enter the property from Monument Avenue.”

Willow Lawn, Richmond’s first shopping center, originally opened in 1956. “We incorporated the Willow Lawn arch signage from the 1960s as a nod to the long-standing history of the center,” says Cara Dickens, president of Rocket Pop. “For many Richmonders, Willow Lawn is a nostalgic landmark.”

The birds are meant to give a lighthearted, cheerful vibe. Trask often incorporates birds into his murals and specifically incorporated Virginia’s state bird, the cardinal, into the Willow Lawn project.

“Birds represent everything from environmental health to freedom to a sense of place, but in Richmond, they often convey the fact that Richmond is an urban city with a ton of green space, nature, parks, rivers – a connectedness to the nature around us,” says Trask. “I often use birds to convey a connection to nature, but also the direction the bird is facing is very purposeful in my work…they are looking toward what I want the viewer to look toward.”

Lighting elements were added to the mural to provide a three-dimensional component to the project. The mural design started in May of 2020 and was completed in June of 2021.

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Moto Richmond and Scoot Richmond Rolling Down the Road

I’ve never ridden on a motorcycle or scooter so never had a need to go to the shop but it will be weird to drive past their old location and not see all the lovely bikes.

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BIG NEWS! Moto Richmond and Scoot RIchmond is MOVING to a new location. We’re still in Manchester thru this week, but on Tuesday July 27, you’ll find us in our new home at 6000 Midlothian Turnpike. Are you excited, because WE CERTAINLY ARE! Pardon our dust if you come by 217 W 7th this week to say your farewells, but we’re STOKED to show you the new spot.

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