This variety of habitat is critical for supporting the park's diverse fish populations. Species from the ubiquitous bluegill to the less common sea lamprey can be found in park streams. One particular highlight is the presence of ironcolor shiners (Notropis chalybaeus). Although scattered populations of ironcolors exist elsewhere in the coastal plain of Virginia, specimens found within the park represent the only known record of this species from the entire James River Drainage.
Richmond National Battlefield Park strives to maintain the dynamic hydrological processes that created its many riparian habitats to ensure that park waters will remain suitable homes for these native species.
Did You Know?
As part of a major assault against Richmond’s defenses fourteen African American soldiers received the Medal of Honor for heroic conduct at the battle of New Market Heights, September 29, 1864.