Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog

Nature's Janitor

 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.

The Cute and the Fluffy

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.

Between a Tree and a Hard Place

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.

Exercising Raptors at the Wildlife Center of Virginia

I have been a rehabilitation extern at the Wildlife Center of Virginia (WCV) for three months, and during that time I have learned countless things about native Virginia wildlife. One of the things I found most interesting was the flight conditioning of raptors. Once a bird is healthy enough, and is living in an appropriately sized enclosure, it will be “exercised” before it can be released.

Becoming a Bittern

On October 16, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admitted an American Bittern. The patient was seen “falling out of the sky” on October 15 and the next day was transferred to the Center. Initial examinations showed no significant injuries, although the patient’s body condition wasn’t quite what we would like it to be and he couldn’t fly very well.


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