Plants, Animals and Ecology
The plant life in the Nature Park is a mix of peat bog, mixed forest and freshwater wetland species. The brochure below lists the plants you can find at the Richmond Nature Park.
Nature Park Plants Brochure
The Nature Park provides habitat for more than 100 species of resident and migratory birds and at least 13 species of mammals, ranging from tiny shrews to Black-tailed Deer. Several frog species and two species of garter snake are also found in the Park. Invertebrates are ubiquitous. Of note are the spectacularly coloured dragonflies around the pond in spring and summer.
Did you know...
Richmond Nature Park has a nest-cam inside a Black-capped Chickadee nesting box? Yes they do! The camera documents the chickadees as they build their nest, defend it from an intruding bumblebee, and lay and incubate their eggs. Selected video clips on the City of Richmond YouTube channel show highlights of life inside the nest as the chickadees race to rear their young in less than a month.
Nature Park Chickadee Box - video clips
You can also now view Richmond Nature Park's live cameras online. The web-cams change seasonally and can feature bird feeders, a chickadee nest box and a hummingbird feeder. Video highlights are also posted for viewing.
To follow Richmond Nature Park's live cameras online visit the Livestream website and sign up for a free account. Then search for Richmond Nature Park under the website and click on the follow button.
Please note that the live feed is occasionally lost. If this happens, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Nature Park at 604-718-6188.
Live Camera Poster
The historical ecosystem of the park is raised peat bog, but because of urban and agricultural encroachment there has been significant change in community structure and diversity. For more information, view the brochure below.
Bog Ecology Brochure
A detailed report on the status of bogs in Richmond is available in print form or on CD in the Richmond Nature House. Ask the front desk staff for your copy of the Lulu Island Bog Report.