My time at the Wildlife Center began in the middle of winter, when feeding the raptors involved trekking through the snow and breaking up frozen water bowls. But by the end of my externship, spring had fully arrived, and at the Wildlife Center, springtime means baby animals!
Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog
When I told friends and family about my upcoming externship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, everyone wanted to know, "What will you be doing there?" I almost always responded, "Mostly feeding baby squirrels." I didn't know at the time how close to the truth I was.
I have a great appreciation for the natural world, especially for wildlife. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by the fact that thousands of different creatures (that aren’t human) inhabit the world. I spent my time learning about them through books and videos at home and when visiting zoos and aquariums.
After we installed the pond in front of the Wildlife Center last year, new neighbors are moving in! Varieties of frogs are checking the place out, and some are definitely calling 1800 South Delphine “home.”
Throughout my externship I have learned a lot about Virginia wildlife and have fallen in love with Eastern Box Turtles in particular.
Human-wildlife conflict is an issue I’ve been aware of my entire life. From Zoobooks and National Geographic videos at an early age, to Environmental Science class in high school, to study-abroad conservation programs in college, I have learned how humanity’s activities damage the natural world and endanger plants and animals in countless ways, such as habitat loss and pollution.
I have worked with a variety of species throughout my life ... so when I came for my externship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, I couldn’t wait to see what species would capture my heart.
There are animals in the state of Virginia that some people view as having bad reputations. These animals suffer rebukes based on characteristics observed in the field and on beliefs that people have when frightened or imaginative.
Everyone has a thing for cute, fluffy animals (more often than not, those two traits go together). If the animal is a baby, it only adds on that extra bit of adorableness. If someone doesn't like cute, fluffy, baby animals, they either don't have a heart, or they're lying. The animal I will talk about in this blog post is both cute and fluffy (in a feathery kind of way), but not a baby. In any case, it's definitely high up on the fluffy-cuteness scale. 'Twas the night before Christm ... No, wait, it was actually during the day. And on January 3. Anyway, back on track.
I have just finished up a very enjoyable stint as a rehabilitation extern at the Wildlife Center. During my time I got to work with a large array animals, everything from White-footed Mice, White-tailed Deer fawns, Horned Grebes, eagles, and everything in between. On one recent, magical occasion I worked with a North American Beaver.