UNTAMED: Season 2

The second season of UNTAMED: Life is Wild aired in spring/summer 2020 and explored challenging wildlife issues from the perspective of a large wildlife hospital, including issues such as lead poisoning, litter, outdoor cats, and more.

This online video library offers a compendium of materials that support each episode of UNTAMED, including UNTAMED Unfiltered, the Center's post-episode discussion; videos; learning resources; and worksheets and activities for students who are watching UNTAMED as a part of classroom learning on biology, natural history, and the environment.

Season 2 Episodes

Episode 201: One Health

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One Health is a concept that connects the health of animals, people, and the environment. Each aspect is equal, important, and delicately intertwined. In this episode, Wildlife Center veterinary and rehabilitation staff, along with public health officials, explain One Health concepts and challenges, and highlight how we can work together for the optimal health of all.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered, as we sit down with some of the Center’s UNTAMED producers and featured staff members, and take a deeper look inside each episode. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down—virtually!—with Dr. Peach, our former veterinary fellow who loves One Health and helped shape this episode.

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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom? One Health In (About) 2 Minutes is a quick look at the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion.

Discussion questions are provided for those educators who want to utilize UNTAMED in the classroom. One set of questions is designed to be used in combination with the full UNTAMED episode; another set of discussion questions can be utilized with the In (About) 2 Minutes video.

Episode 202: Wild Neighbors

This episode focuses on our wild neighbors – the animals that share space with and around us. While many people may want to create backyard habitats for wildlife, others may be uncertain about living near wild animals and have concerns about “nuisance” neighbors. Join Wildlife Center staff to learn what steps we can take to better understand the wildlife that live around us, while minimizing interactions with our wild neighbors, to keep everyone safe in their preferred habitats.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered, as we sit down with some of the Center’s UNTAMED producers and featured staff members, and take a deeper look inside each episode. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with Wildlife Care Academy coordinator Maggie McCartney and front-desk coordinator Caroline Elpers.

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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom? Wild Neighbors: In (About) 2 Minutes is a quick look at the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion.

Discussion questions and activities are provided for educators who want to utilize UNTAMED in the classroom. One set of discussion questions is designed to be used in combination with the full UNTAMED episode; another set of discussion questions can be utilized with the In (About) 2 Minutes video.

Episode 204: Lead Poisoning

Lead toxicity is a significant problem for Bald Eagles, vultures, and other birds of prey; more than two-thirds of eagles admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia have measurable levels of lead in their blood. Join the Wildlife Center staff and other experts to learn why lead poisoning occurs in wildlife, how it’s treated, and how we can work together to solve this preventable problem.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered, as we sit down with some of the Center's Untamed producers and featured staff members, and take a deeper look inside each episode. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with Wildlife Center President and UNTAMED host, Ed Clark!

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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom? Lead Poisoning: In (About) 2 Minutes is a quick look at the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion.

Discussion questions and activities are provided for those educators who want to utilize UNTAMED in the classroom. One set of discussion questions is designed to be used in combination with the full UNTAMED episode; another set of discussion questions can be utilized with the In (About) 2 Minutes video. We also have assorted wildlife coloring pages!

Episode 205: Backyard Wildlife Habitats

This episode focuses on how to set up a safe backyard habitat, including the critical components to make your yard a sanctuary for wild animals. Join Wildlife Center staff and backyard naturalists to learn how we can create safe spaces to attract wildlife while minimizing our impact and chance of disturbance for our wild neighbors.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered as we sit down with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and featured staff members, and take a deeper look inside each episode. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with former front-desk staffer and master naturalist Kate Guenther, and backyard habitat hobbyist Lydia Price. 

"Spending time in a backyard habitat can help you forget the stresses of the day. It can improve your quality of live and certainly the ambiance in which you live." -- Ed Clark, The Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom? Backyard Habitats: In (About) 2 Minutes is a quick look at the major concepts and ideas explored in this Untamed episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion.

Discussion questions and activities are provided for those educators who want to utilize UNTAMED in the classroom. One set of discussion questions is designed to be used in combination with the full UNTAMED episode; another set of discussion questions can be utilized with the In (About) 2 Minutes video.

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 206: Critters Don't Need Litter

Litter is one of the biggest impacts that humans have on their environment. Litter isn’t just an aesthetic problem; it has serious impacts on habitats, wildlife health, as well as human health and safety. The consequences of even small acts of littering can be far-reaching and long-lasting. Join the Wildlife Center staff and watershed conservation authorities to learn more about the problems litter can pose, as well as a variety of ways that you can help reduce litter.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered as we sit down with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and featured staff members, and take a deeper look inside each episode. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with outreach coordinator Alex to talk about litter. 

"Little actions do make a difference. Those small changes in behavior can spread ... and culminate, to have a big impact." -- Alex Wehrung, The Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom? The Message of the Apple Core In (About) 2 Minutes is a quick look at the major concepts and ideas explored in thi UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion.

Discussion questions and activities are provided for those educators who want to utilize UNTAMED in the classroom. One set of discussion questions is designed to be used in combination with the full UNTAMED episode; another set of discussion questions can be utilized with the In (About) 2 Minutes video.

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 207: Wildlife Rehabilitation

Wildlife rehabilitation is the treatment and care of injured, sick, and orphaned wild animals with the goal of releasing the animals back to their natural habitats. Join Center staff and several at-home permitted Virginia wildlife rehabilitators to learn more about what wildlife rehabilitators do, the invaluable service they provide to their communities, and the role that they play in wildlife conservation.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered as we sit down with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and featured staff members, and take a deeper look inside each episode. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with at-home permitted rehabilitators Leslie Sturges and Linda McDaniel. 

"Wildlife rehabilitation is very important in Virginia ... wildlife rehabilitators play a vital role in connecting people to wildlife." -- Aaron Proctor, The Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom? Wildlife Rehabilitation: In (About) 2 Minutes is a quick look at the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion.

Discussion questions and activities are provided for those educators who want to utilize UNTAMED in the classroom. One set of discussion questions is designed to be used in combination with the full UNTAMED episode; another set of discussion questions can be utilized with the In (About) 2 Minutes video.

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 208: Technology in Wildlife Medicine

This episode highlights the many ways technology has transformed wildlife medicine and education. In many cases, technology has allowed us to treat injured wildlife more quickly and more effectively and has shaped the way we form our protocols and procedures. New technologies have also allowed us to expand our educational footprint and reach new people around the world.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered as we sit down with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and featured staff members, and take a deeper look inside each episode. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with licensed veterinary technician Jessica Dyer and outreach educator Lauren Edzenga. 

"With the growth of technology, things we'll be doing a year from now ... or five years from now may be things we don't have access to yet. But it's exciting to see what technology will allow us to do to reach more people." -- Amanda Nicholson, The Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom?  Technology in Wildlife Medicine: In (About) 2 Minutes is a quick look at the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion. 

Discussion questions and activities are provided for those educators who want to utilize UNTAMED in the classroom. One set of discussion questions is designed to be used in combination with the full UNTAMED episode; another set of discussion questions can be utilized with the In (About) 2 Minutes video. 

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 209: The Case for Indoor Cats

This episode focuses on the reasons why keeping cats – domestic pets– indoors is better for wildlife, the cats themselves, and human health. Outdoor cats cause significant problems for wildlife and the environment; these cats also have shorter lifespans and are subjected to many more dangers than their indoor counterparts. Join Center staff, health experts, and a cat behaviorist to learn how we can fix this human-caused issue and keep wildlife, cats, and the environment safer.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered as we sit down with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and featured staff members, and take a deeper look inside each episode. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with Dr. Karra Pierce, the Center's former veterinary fellow -- and her beloved Charlotte Amelia!  

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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom? The Case for Indoor Cats: In (About) 2 Minutes is a quick look at the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion.

Discussion questions and activities are provided for those educators who want to utilize UNTAMED in the classroom. One set of discussion questions is designed to be used in combination with the full UNTAMED episode; another set of discussion questions can be utilized with the In (About) 2 Minutes video.

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 210: Teaching the World

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is a teaching hospital for wildlife medicine and conservation. Through intensive, hands-on programs in veterinary medicine, wildlife rehabilitation, and education, the Center staff train dozens of people each year. These professional staff and students may now be found on the cutting-edge of wildlife veterinary medicine around the world.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered as we sit down with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and featured staff members, and take a deeper look inside each episode. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with veterinary student Rebecca Furtado Jost and wildlife rehabilitation extern Rachel Tang. 

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught." -- Baba Dioum
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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom? Teaching the World: In (About) 2 Minutes is a quick look at the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion.

Discussion questions and activities are provided for those educators who want to utilize UNTAMED in the classroom. One set of discussion questions is designed to be used in combination with the full UNTAMED episode; another set of discussion questions can be utilized with the In (About) 2 Minutes video.

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 211: Bird Migration

Migration is the seasonal movement of animals from one location to another. Join the Center staff and migratory bird experts as they explain why birds migrate, and the dangers that they may face along their journeys. Learn how to help migrating birds and why we should be concerned about more than just our own backyards.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered as we sit down with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and featured staff members, and take a deeper look inside each episode. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with former Vice President of Administration (and bird nerd) Lacy Kegley.  

"We need to be mindful that what we do to one part of this planet affects all living things." -- Ed Clark, The Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom?  Bird Migration: In (About) 2 Minutes is a quick look at the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion. 

Discussion questions and activities are provided for those educators who want to utilize UNTAMED in the classroom. One set of discussion questions is designed to be used in combination with the full UNTAMED episode; another set of discussion questions can be utilized with the In (About) 2 Minutes video. 

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 212: Wildlife Research

Rehabilitators and veterinarians treat tens of thousands of wild animals each year and are often the first to notice trends that contribute valuable insights to overall wildlife health. During the past 37 years, Center veterinarians have led a variety of research studies on wildlife health, using data from the patients admitted to the hospital. Join the Center staff and other wildlife professionals to learn about the critical role wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians play in caring for wildlife population health.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered as we sit down with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and featured staff members, and take a deeper look inside each episode. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with two former Wildlife Center colleagues: Dr. Justin Brown, Assistant Teaching Professor and Program Coordinator of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences at Penn State; and Dr. Mark Ruder, Assistant Professor with the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS).  

"We're interested in the big picture. We want to know what every patient can tell us about the environment. Each patient's story is a window on the natural world." -- Ed Clark, The Wildlife Center of Virginia .
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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom?  Wildlife Research: In (About) 2 Minutes is a quick look at the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion. 

Discussion questions and activities are provided for those educators who want to utilize UNTAMED in the classroom. One set of discussion questions is designed to be used in combination with the full UNTAMED episode; another set of discussion questions can be utilized with the In (About) 2 Minutes video. 

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 213: After the Release

When an animal is rehabilitated and returned to the wild, what comes after? In many cases, we may never know, but there are a few ways post-release data can be gathered on former patients. This insight not only can prove that wildlife rehabilitation works, but post-release data can also contribute important information about overall wildlife populations. In this episode, join Center staff and wildlife researchers as they reflect on what some former wildlife patients have taught us.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered as we sit down with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and featured staff members, and take a deeper look inside each episode. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with Center wildlife rehabilitators Kelsey Pleasants and Shannon Mazurowski. 

" ... we are very much reinforced in the idea that wildlife rehabilitation works. We can see that these birds go out there and we can prepare them for life again in the wild." -- Amanda Nicholson, The Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom?  After the Release: In (About) 2 Minutes is a quick look at the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion. 

Discussion questions and activities are provided for those educators who want to utilize UNTAMED in the classroom. One set of discussion questions is designed to be used in combination with the full UNTAMED episode; another set of discussion questions can be utilized with the In (About) 2 Minutes video. 

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.