Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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.
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