Every summer, the Wildlife Center spends a week presenting at all eight branches of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL). For four days during July, the outreach coordinators (and education animals) present a dozen programs and meet more than 1,000 people.
Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog
Wow, these past six months went fast! There are so many different and cool stories and patients that I can’t pick just one.
Early this year, the vet staff had the opportunity to assist the medical team from the National Zoo with a study comparing anesthetic protocols in Black Bears.
One of my favorite aspects of my job at the Center is working with -- and bonding with -- our non-releasable education ambassadors, particularly the raptors.
Shortly after I started working at the Wildlife Center in August, I fell in love with Severus, one of our Eastern Ratsnake education ambassadors.
My favorite memory of 2016 -- a year which has been a bit of a blur of events and projects -- is attending the release of Golden Eagle #16-1934 in my birthplace and hometown of Wytheville, Virginia.
This year end also marks the end of my fifth year of volunteering with the Treatment Team at The Wildlife Center of Virginia. I attended a volunteer orientation meeting in January of 2012 and started volunteering in … March? Anyway - I’m calling it five years now.
In May, one of the Wildlife Center’s board members hosted a reception at his home in Northern Virginia. Amanda, Raina, Lacy, and I loaded up the van that Tuesday afternoon and headed north. When we do these events we sometimes whine about the travel, and the late nights, and having to smile the whole time. My three co-workers had already done one of these “Board-hosted” receptions, but this was my first.
When I received a call from Kate in December of 2015 asking if I’d be interested in a front-desk coordinator substitute position in the New Year, I had no idea how my life was about to change! Of course, I said “Yes!”, having volunteered in animal care at the Wildlife Center since moving to the area late in 2013 and I was interested in being a part of the staff, even if in a very small way.
When I came for a rehabilitation externship with the Wildlife Center of Virginia, I was excited about the focus on exotic species care, which strongly correlates with my desire to care for and heal animals while respecting their natural tendencies and importance to the environment. Ultimately, I accepted the externship due to my deference for that which is wild and a willingness to preserve it.