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City, Audubon to host great blue heron tours

@richmondoutside
February 14, 2013 6:39am

 

Credit: Phil Riggan

Credit: Phil Riggan

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities has partnered with the Richmond Audubon Society and the Virginia Audubon Council to offer guided walks again this year to see the great blue herons that make their home on islands in the James River downtown.

 
The popular walks will be offered on three Saturdays; February 16, March 16 and April 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost of each walk is $5 per person. Each walk to the rookery will bring its own sights and sounds as these magnificent birds court and build their nests throughout the spring in preparation for laying their eggs and raising their chicks.
 
No registration is required. To participate in one of the guided walks, bring $5 in cash and meet in the grassy area on the northwest side of the 14th Street Bridge. To participate in this tour, you must be able to climb a small ladder. You may also want to bring a pair of binoculars.
 
For more information, call (804) 646-5944.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?


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