• Gaines' Mill battlefield -- Watt House area

    Richmond

    National Battlefield Park Virginia

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Animals

Racoon foraging

Racoon, such as those found in RNBP, foraging stream side for a tasty meal

USFWS Photo

Richmond National Battlefield Park provides refuge for both animals and people seeking asylum from the busy city atmosphere. Many of Virginia's native animal species can be found within the park's various habitats. Visitors may glimpse deer, groundhogs, raccoons and many other creatures not commonly seen outside of protected lands.

The transition between maintained and un-maintained park areas provides an excellent variety of habitats. This variety is essential for supporting a diverse animal population. For example, the savannah-like forest created at Cold Harbor by prescribed burning attracts a large diversity of woodpeckers and cavity nesting birds. The wetland areas at Malvern Hill and Beaver Dam Creek, enhanced by beaver activity, provide habitat for fish, water birds, and turtles. The old growth forest community at Gaines' Mill is ideal habitat for flying squirrels, and the open field areas at Gaines' Mill and Malvern Hill create habitat for snakes, rodents, and grassland birds.

Encompassing these various communities, Richmond National Battlefield Park not only provides undisturbed habitat but also creates valuable transition zones that encourage diversity and natural interactions.

Did You Know?

Troop of Union soldiers with flag

Of the 12,738 reported Federal casualties for the battle of Cold Harbor, nearly one in six belonged to a heavy artillery regiment. These units earned the nickname “Red Leg Infantry” because the facings on their uniforms were scarlet, rather than the regulation sky-blue of the regular infantry.