Is it possible to pick just one memory or just one event that means the most to me?
Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog
A few weeks ago, I was asked to respond to a call from a woman who had found a bird in a window-well of her basement. She described it as a large bird, about the size of a large duck and it had a long pointed bill.
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.
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.