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March 26, 2021
Spring Cleaning
In addition to the revitalisation outside, this week the Nature House is closed for its annual spring cleaning. Yesterday we moved all the animals and games off the main floor and into our offices and now the Richmond city 'Clean Team' are doing what they do.
But that isn't the end of it.
Work is also starting on the new steps that are going to lead up to the west entrance. It's all exciting stuff.

March 17, 2021
New Pond

    Doesn't look that impressive does it? And yet on Friday, it was given the seal of approval by nature itself.

This is our new pond, oversized puddle some might say, but we hope it will become a habitat for amphibians and other aquatic wildlife.

Last week, it was visited by a pair of ducks, and when we went out to investigate, we could see a water strider on the surface of the water. A fine start we think!

Posted by Janis

March 12, 2021
   Our skunk arrived today. Yes, we've been waiting for a skunk for over two years now and finally, Kris was able to pick it up from the taxidermist.
Feisty little critter. In fact, Kris has named him/her 'Mephistopheles'.
Skunks are related to weasels, part of the mustelid family, they are nocturnal, they will eat all manner of what some gardeners probably see as pests and of course, their defence is to emit a strong-smelling fluid from the glands around their anus.
Skunks can be found across a wide area of North America, although not too far north !
Mustelids as a group can be found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

Posted by Janis.

March 11, 2021
Advance Guard
Yesterday afternoon, Monday, 10th March, Kris and then Rich saw the first hummingbird of the year in the Nature Park. It was a male rufous hummingbird and Kris has been trying to see whether he is one of the banded birds from last year, but so far he has moved too quickly.
Alex and I are keen to catch sight of him now, and hopefully get a photo too.

Posted by Janis.

March 7, 2021
Hummingbird Watch

No, I'm afraid this isn't the first Hummingbird of the season, although this picture was taken right here in the Park. But we're waiting...

Last Sunday, Kris heard the familiar 'whumph' of a Hummingbird and then saw one in her grarden at home.
We're ready, we are SO hummingbird ready. One of our feeders has been filled and hung on a birch tree outside of our office windows.
Usually the hummingbirds arrive in the Nature Park, at the end of a long flight up from Mexico, around St. Patrick's day. The salmonberry flowers appear en masse about the same time.

If you see one of our little friends in the Nature Park - let us know on our sightings page.

Posted by Janis.

March 6, 2021
Spring is busting out all over!

As the days get longer and warmer, we are seeing ever more signs of spring. Leaves are ready to burst open, we have even spotted a lone salmonberry flower.

In the pond, this was the second sighting of a red-eared slider turtle, just sunning itself on a log.
On the right-hand side of its body, you can just see a scale ready to separate. Turtles, like other reptiles, renew their scales as they grow, in this photo, a large 'scute' on the shell is just about to fall off and drop into the pond.

Ducks in pairs are on the pond and ditches and a pair of chickadees have been eyeing up the nesting box - the one with the camera!

Posted by Janis.

March 5, 2021
Rocks and Evergreens

Last week, some rocks appeared in a raised bed; this week, they have been turned into a beautiful garden of evergreens and heathers. It takes great vision to be able to see something in the mind's eye and then create it, so we're lucky to have such creative gardeners working on this project.

Posted by Janis

March 4, 2021
Watch the Birdie
   Along with the planting and revitalising of the ground behind the Nature House, the gardeners have been careful to make sure there are places for people to sit and watch the wildlife and enjoy the different plants.
One of the most imaginative is this little rustic seat,  made of split logs.

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 26,2020

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