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Birders Rejoice, You Can Put Your Feeders Back Up But Keep’em Clean

The most important advice to follow if you decide to put your feeder back up is that you need to clean it once a week and disinfect with a 10% bleach solution.

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Earlier this year it was advised to take down all bird feeders due to a unknown disease that was killing many songbirds. Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) stated that no definitive cause has been determined. The good news is that incidents of the disease, which involved birds exhibiting eye issues (swelling, crusts, discharge, etc.), along with neurological symptoms, have declined to such a point that DWR feels it safe to put your feeders back up.

They posted these guidelines along with the all-clear.

Residents that choose to feed birds or provide water in bird baths should remain vigilant for avian mortalities and consider the following best practice guidelines:

  • Clean feeders and bird baths at least once a week, then disinfect with a 10% bleach solution to prevent potential infectious disease spread between birds and other wildlife. After cleaning, rinse well with water and allow to air dry.
  • Wear disposable gloves when handling bird feeders and baths and wash your hands when finished.
  • When feeding birds, follow expert recommendations, such as those listed in Audubon International’s Guide to Bird Feeding.
  • Keep pets away from sick or dead wild birds.
  • Avoid handling wild birds. If you must do so, wear disposable gloves or place an inverted plastic bag over your hand to avoid direct contact with the bird. Dispose of dead birds in a closed plastic bag in household trash. Alternatively, you may bury bird carcasses at least 3 feet to prevent any disease transmission to scavenging animals.
  • If you observe any additional bird mortalities in Virginia, submit a mortality event to the DWR.

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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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Pedal the James with Paddle Club RVA

There’s a motor so if you pedalers get pooped you can still get home.

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Paddle Club RVA (seasuitecruises.com/paddle-club/richmond-va), the first and only pedal-powered, pontoon paddle boat in Richmond, Va. makes its on-the-water debut Memorial Weekend!

Paddle Club RVA, from Sea Suite Cruises, is the perfect way for friends, families, and colleagues to sip, cycle, and celebrate out on the James River – think of it as a mini-getaway on your own private floating bar. Guests start their 90-minute journey from the dock at Rocketts Landing (right beneath The Boathouse restaurant) and cruise toward the city, then back south past the marina into a quieter, flatwater stretch of river. Along the way, passengers enjoy the ambiance of nature, and stunning views of the river coastline and Richmond skyline. The Washingtonian (cheekily) dubbed the Washington, D.C. “sister” paddle boat version from Sea Suite as “bikes meet booze cruise.”

The maiden voyage of Paddle Club RVA is May 27, with bookings available throughout the summer. Visit Paddle Boat RVA’s Instagram for a cruise preview: instagram.com/paddleclubrva

The 20-passenger, 30-foot, trolley pub-inspired boat features ten cycle stations and is propelled by a 6-foot paddle wheel powered by passengers cycling in tandem. The boat has a lounge area so some passengers can lounge while their friends power the journey. Loungers and pedalers can switch places at any time! The boat also has a captain, a deckhand, and a motor that can take over if you’d rather do more sipping than cycling. All cruises are “bring your own food” and BYOB (beer, wine, champagne, seltzer, or canned cocktails – the only restriction is no hard liquor).

Sustainability is core to Paddle Club RVA’s mission. In addition to the eco-friendly pedal power, a solar panel atop the canopy powers the boat’s electrical system. At booking check-out, guests also have the option to make a round-up donation to the non-profit James River Association that goes toward keeping the river clean.

Paddle Club RVA co-founders and lifelong friends Jack Maher and Jack Walten were both born and raised in Arlington, Va. The business-side of their journey began in 2018 when the 20-something Jack and Jack launched Potomac Paddle Club, the first pontoon “cycleboat” in Washington, D.C. In 2021, they built on their success with the launch of Sea Suite Cruises, which now operates both paddle boat AND tiki boat cruises in Georgetown, National Harbor, Alexandria, Va., and now Richmond, Va., the latter backed by a group of investors with Richmond ties.

PADDLE CLUB RVA DETAILS

PICKUP + DROPOFF LOCATION:
On the dock at Rocketts Landing right beneath The Boathouse restaurant and Island Shrimp Company.

CRUISE DETAILS:
Group Size: 8 – 20 people
Duration: 90 minutes
Bathroom: The vessel comes equipped with a private bathroom on board.
Misc: Also comes equipped with Bluetooth-speakers, party lighting for night cruises, and built-in coolers + ice

PRICING*:
Monday-Thursday: $45/Person
Friday-Sunday: $55/Person
*Pricing may change for holiday weekends and special events.

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Ukrop’s Monument 10K Shows Off this Year’s Shirt

If your New Year’s resolutions included running in the Ukrop’s 10K today would be a good day to register.

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Your first look at the 2022 Ukrop’s participant shirt, designed by Hamilton Glass. Register here to get yours. The price goes up tomorrow January 4th so don’t hesitate if you want to save a few bucks.

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RVAH2O Now Giving the People the Straight Poop on Sewer Overflows

This real-time technology and data makes Richmond’s the first “Smart Sewers” in Virginia.

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Full credit to Whit Clements for giving me that headline of this announcement from RVAH2O.

Big Update (and Upgrade!) for Combined Sewer System Overflow Events in Richmond! 📣

Real-time data is now viewable in an interactive map that looks just like the one above so you can know exactly where and when overflows occur (and plan your James River visits accordingly!).

(The map is linked in perpetuity in our bio as “Check for Combined Sewer System Overflow Events Here” but you can also bookmark the link for rainy days!)

Here’s how it works: just hover over (or, on your phone, click on) any of the remaining 25 overflow points in Richmond to see the last time combined flows were discharged—and just like that you’ll be up-to-date!

Red triangles give you a quick notification that there’s been an overflow event in the past 48 hours. 🔺

When you see yellow boxes, that means our team is recalibrating those sensors and meters. 🟨

This up-to-date system will replace the email alerts of the past (which were triggered and automated when it rained 0.1″ at the @richmondairport, which doesn’t always reflect rainfall within city limits).

This new map uses:

  • meters at each outfall to quantify flows
  • rain gauges in Richmond
  • real-time data that’s updated continuously!

This real-time technology and data makes Richmond’s the first “Smart Sewers” in Virginia (we love being trendsetters)! 🧠🌊

And this system will help us to maximize and fully utilize the capacity within our system to prevent overflows and reduce overflow volume!

We know y’all love accurate information and continuous updates, so we hope you’ll love this upgrade and map made for you too!

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