Wildlife & Nature in Richmond, BC
Richmond is full of important habitats that are a result of its location at the mouth of the Fraser River. Wetlands, bogs and other natural areas provide excellent habitats for a wide range of flora and fauna.
Here you’ll find over 100 species of birds, several species of frogs, and mammals such as squirrels and raccoons. And if you head out on the open sea, whale watching is a popular activity!
Richmond Nature Park
One of the best spots to check out Richmond’s bog, forest and pond habitats is the Richmond Nature Park. It consists of 80 hectares (200 acres) of raised peat bog. You can spot colourful hummingbirds, dragonflies and bog flowers in the spring and summer; in the fall the migratory birds make an appearance, the leaves change colour and interesting fungi can be spotted on the forest floor; and in the winter you can watch the birds at the feeders and enjoy the crisp air as you explore the trails.
Looking for a challenge? Try to find all of the life forms that make the park their home. There are three brochures with details on the birds, butterflies and plants you can find at the nature park. Download them before you go, or stop in at the Nature House interpretive centre for more information.
More than 100 species of resident and migratory birds can be spotted here. Richmond is located along the Pacific Flyway, a major migratory route for many bird species.
In the winter months, the Fraser River estuary is home to a large wintering population of birds, including snow geese. Every year, the Fraser River flock and the Skagit River flock of Lesser Snow Geese (totaling around 75,000 birds) fly here from Wrangel Island, Russia. The geese travel in large flocks and move back and forth between the Fraser and Skagit River estuaries. They are an amazing - and loud - spectacle. You can spot them from mid-October to around mid-March, at Garry Point Park and Terra Nova Rural Park.
Richmond’s parks and natural spaces provide open terrain and an extensive foreshore that make it an ideal hunting ground for several species of raptors. Birds of prey such as bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, and barred owls can all be found here.
And then there’s the city’s most iconic bird, the Great Blue Heron. It’s a large, stately wading bird with blue-grey plumage. They stand quite statue-like in the water until they are ready to make a move and catch an unsuspecting fish! You’ll also find sandpipers, killdeer, gulls and more near the water in Richmond.