Home Page About Us The Park Programs Contact Us Directions


Latest News

March 12, 2011
Our first event of the year
Over 1100 visitors came through the doors of the Nature House last Sunday. Why?  Because there were real live owls inside and how often do you get to see a real live nocturnal mystery?

Owls fascinate people.  Glowing eyes, hauntingly silent flight and the seemingly magical ability to grab a tiny mouse in the deep dark woods confound earth bound humans who merely stumble blindly around in the dark.  

How do owls do it? With finely honed adaptations that include exceptionally large eyes that capture the least bit of light (the better to see you with), remarkably keen hearing and asymmetrical ears that allow them to triangulate the exact location of a noise made by prey (the better to hear you with), feathers that feature a ruffled edge to eliminate the whistling noise of wings in flight (the better to sneak up on you with), large talons to grab and hold their reluctant prey and a sharp beak to quickly finish the job (the better to eat you with). 

The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society brought the owls to the Nature House as part of their efforts to inform and educate about owls.  OWL looks after injured and orphaned birds of prey (hawks, eagles and owls) with the goal of rehabilitation and release.  But rehabilitation requires habitat and habitat requires support from people – hence the educational component of OWLS work.  The birds that appeared at the show are a select group of owls that, for one reason or another, cannot be released back into the wild. They are accustomed to appearing at programs and events throughout the lower mainland and are ambassadors from the owl kingdom to the human world.

We look forward to another visit from OWL in the fall. In the meantime you can look forward to other programs and events. The next show featuring unusual (for us) live animals in an Exotic Reptile Show on Saturday/Sunday, March 26 and 27, 11am-4 pm. Please remember that your donations make these events possible.

Posted by: Kris Bauder
Nature Park Coordinator

March 7, 2011
Spring Comes Winging in On Hummingbirds
Spring has been a tease this year - playing hide and seek by showing a glimpse of sunshine and flowers only to hide it again behind clouds and a blanket of snow.  We don’t “do” winter well here on the coast so are eager to shed our heavy jackets and get out to enjoy the warmer weather and longer days.

Although the first day of spring is still, officially, a few weeks away we said goodbye to winter when the first hummingbirds appeared on Feb.17. A pair of Anna’s Hummingbirds arrived at the feeders behind the Nature House and has been steady customers since then. This species is known to overwinter in the lower mainland where the usually mild winters and a steady supply of syrup from back yard bird feeders can see them through the cold lean time.  Annas nest very early in the year (i.e. now) so as to avoid competition from the next species that will arrive on the scene.  

Rufous Hummingbirds will soon return from their winter sojourn in California and Mexico. Ounce for ounce, Rufous are pugnacious little dynamos that will hog the syrup feeders, driving away anything, large or small, that they regard as competition in their nesting territory.  Watch for Rufous on or about March 17 (maybe they’re Irish?).  The month between the arrival of the different species is just enough time for the Anna’s to lay their eggs and see the babies out of the nest.  When the Rufous arrive, the Anna’s make themselves scarce.

You’re welcome to stop by the Nature Park to view the hummingbirds. There are two feeders near the rear wall of the Nature House. We ask you to be considerate of the birds and stay 5 metres away from the feeders so as to avoid disturbing them while they feed. We love to see your photos – either in person in the Nature House or via email at naturepark@richmond.ca. If you have an especially good photo we may ask your permission to use it at the park.

Posted by: Kris Bauder
Nature Park Coordinator

February 7,2012

I visited the park today with my wife and 3 young kids. We're very impressed and will be returning. I've featured the park on my blog - www.chrisronald.com Thanks, Chris
Chris Young
October 31,2010

Hi You had a busy summer, I see! Very interesting to read about the parklife. You did hard work...! Through the volonteering in the Richmond Nature Park my eyes are opened wide in my country too.... Please say hallo to all we know. Yours Lea
Lea Hafner
September 26,2008

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
[5] Visitors Currently Online