Throughout my time as a rehabilitation extern at the Wildlife Center of Virginia there was always one animal that drew my attention.
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During my externship, I really loved working with all the animals: mammals, reptiles, and raptors. While I have always loved working with birds of prey, members of the falcon family have caught my eye.
Releasing an orphaned or injured animal back into the wild is one of the most rewarding aspects of wildlife rehabilitation, and one of my favorite things to be a part of.
When I first came to the Wildlife Center, ICU was all about “squirrel mania”. Almost every shelf was filled with squirrels, squirrels, squirrels!
The Wildlife Center of Virginia rehabilitation externship has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience! I came here from Long Island, NY to rural Waynesboro, VA on a mission to learn more about ornithology and bird identification.
I’ve always had this image in my head of the possum being a nuisance – an animal that should be chased off if it was ever found in the yard. Possums have an image of being gross, ugly, and perhaps something that should be feared. When someone would say “cute”, the last thing I would probably say was a possum … until I spent three months at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. I learned that I was mistaken.
This Saturday will be the 4th of July. Most people know that this is the anniversary of the signing, in 1776, of the Declaration of the Independence — the document which declared the United States of America to be a free and independent nation.
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!
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.