|COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDGIF encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.|
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The bustling metropolis of Richmond does not at first spring to mind when you think of wildlife. However, this impression will change after exploring the Henrico Loop. This loop weaves its way through the outskirts of the city to several impressive sites hosting ponds, marshes and acres of forest. These parks are home to an impressive variety of wildlife ranging from red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks to eastern bluebirds and eastern phoebes as well as eastern painted turtles and five-lined skinks. The parks truly shine during migration when almost anything found east of the Mississippi could pop in for an impromptu performance. Scotchtown, the childhood home of Dolly Madison and former home of Patrick Henry begins this loop. Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech may have been conceived within these walls. As you walk through the open landscapes of this beautiful house, see if you can still here the echoes of Henry’s passionate address.