Help Needed

From the Byrd Park Civic League:

Hello Fellow Neighbors!
We are asking for your help on a couple of topics that are near and dear to the Byrd Park Community each summer!

1) National Night Out (NNO)- Aug 5th , Tue @ 6-8PM
This is a great event to come out and meet your neighbors! Free Food, Music, Raffles, and fun for the kids! This event is not possible without volunteers and we have LOTS of volunteer slots still open! We need folks to help with decorating, serving food, cleanup, etc. Please see the attached excel file for slots that are still available. In addition, we are looking for folks to collect donations (food, beverages, gift cards) from local stores. If you have contacts for local restaurants/stores that aren’t listed on the excel file that are willing to donate to this event, please let us know!

2) This year’s July 4th, the Police were out in full force to keep things orderly in Byrd Park during these Festivities! We are interested in compiling neighbor’s thoughts on their performance. All comments are welcome (positive and negative!). We hope to submit any suggestions on what worked and what should change to make it better for next year.

Please send responses to regarding NNO and/ or July 4th by this Saturday at the latest!

BPCL Committee

Pepper Thief

I have a thing for spicy, but I did not do this:

Timothy Brown
Timothy Brown 6:10pm Jul 16
Plant thief has struck again. Sometime between saturday night and monday morning. Entire pepper plant ripped out. He must have a thing for spicy.

Alligators at Maymont

From a Maymont press release:

August is for American Alligators at Maymont.

Release Date: July 15, 2014

Media Contact: Cathie Rosenberg
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
804-358-7166, ext. 316

RICHMOND, VA — The largest species of reptile in North America will make its public debut at the Nature Center at Maymont on Saturday, August 2. The American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, can grow to a length of 10 to 14 feet and weigh 500 pounds or more, but Maymont’s five young reptiles won’t be quite so menacing. The new additions are one to two years old, measuring approximately eight to 30 inches long. They will live at Maymont at least one year, growing up to 12 inches in 12 months. Two alligators will be on view in a newly-renovated space in the Nature Center galleries, and the others will make appearances during environmental education programs for the public and schools.

American alligators live in freshwater habitats in the southeastern United States from North Carolina to Texas. They aren’t native to Virginia, so why are they joining Maymont’s native Virginia wildlife exhibits?

“One of our goals is to help guests understand issues that might impact Virginia ecosystems,” said Buz Bireline, Maymont Director of Habitats and the Nature Center. “American alligators are fascinating creatures, and their lives are greatly impacted by temperature. Since alligators live so close to the Commonwealth’s southern border, this exhibition will give guests opportunities to consider how climate change could expand the range of the alligator into Virginia.”

The public premier for the alligators at Maymont will be Saturday, August 2 from 10am to 5pm. In addition to a first peek at the new American alligator exhibit, guests can enjoy close encounters with the smallest, educational alligators throughout the day as well as fish and turtle feeding demonstrations at 12pm and otter training at 2:30pm. Guests can also see lined seahorses, Hippocampus erectus, a species native to the Chesapeake Bay that is also new to the Nature Center animal family. Admission to the Nature Center is $3 for adults and youth ages 13 and older; $2 for children ages 4 to 12 and seniors ages 60 and older. Admission is free for Maymont members.

Maymont is a 100-acre American estate, an extraordinary gift given to the community by James and Sallie Dooley. Whether strolling in the gardens, touring the mansion or watching river otters play, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Robins Nature & Visitor Center is located at 2201 Shields Lake Drive in Richmond, Virginia.
For more information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310 or visit

Water the Baby Trees, Please

From Richmond Tree Stewards:

The recent rain was welcome after those hot, dry days but it was not enough to water young trees.  Most of Richmond received only 0.25 inches of rain in the last 7 days and  that doesn’t get water down to the root ball, so our current watering alert still says that conditions are dry.  As you’ve heard us say before…

New trees need at least 15 gallons of water every week

unless we get 1 inch of soaking rain. 

Thanks to all who are helping water our new city trees.

Remember that every healthy tree is beneficial  so please remind your friends and neighbors to water their new trees as well.

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