The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

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Otters! Lots of them!

Spotted and photographed this summer by James River Park enthusiasts, now documented by the JRP Science in the Park game camera sleuths. Our park is healthy for these animals to be around. And so frisky!

Watch for the debut of 'BIODIVERSITY', a new Science in the Park section coming soon ... with many more videos of Lontra canadensis and other secretive park inhabitants!

Science in the Park

River Flora & Fauna

The plants and animals that live in and visit the James River Park System present year-round opportunities for your observation and study. A wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats are woven throughout the park, and it still delivers surprises – such as Richmond City’s first documentation of a vernal pool crustacean, and sightings of an ancient species of fish, thought to be long-extirpated from the James River! Keep your eyes open and cameras ready as you roam the park in search of its flora and fauna ...

Rockpool plants

Rock pools – also called potholes – are holes in the granite riverbed caused by the grinding action of gravel and stones during floods, or by the actions of man. Plants that thrive in and around them are uniquely adapted for their unusual, and often changeable and challenging, setting.

gold arrow Explore these fascinating specimens in Plants of the Rock Pools.

Fairy Shrimp

Imagine Science logoFilmed in the Wetlands area of the James River Park System, this video is narrated by Ralph White, Park Manager Emeritus, and introduces us to the fairy shrimp.

Fairy Shrimp was selected to be in the 6th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival in New York. The screening took place at the New School Tishman Theater on Oct. 18, 2013.

Fairy Shrimp from Friends of James River Park on Vimeo.

Odonates (dragonflies)

Filmed on the South Side of Belle Isle within the James River Park System, this film explores the lifecycle of dragonflies and damselflies, the ODONATA. Discover their unique abilities of flight, sight, and reproduction.

Odonates from Friends of James River Park on Vimeo.

Sturgeon in the James

James River Sturgeon from Friends of James River Park on Vimeo.

sturgeonTwenty-six Atlantic sturgeon are being tracked by local schools within the James River watershed. From 2010 to 2012, these sturgeon were tagged with VEMCO acoustic transmitter tags that send out 'pings' every few minutes.

This project, Rivers in Real-Time: Migration! was funded by the NOAA B'WET Program,'an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment and was awarded to VCU's Life Sciences Environmental Outreach Education.

You can keep up with the sturgeon on Facebook.