It’s time to look back on 2019! Check our blog between Christmas and New Year’s for a variety of stories and memories of 2019 from the staff and volunteers of the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
Two memories from the past year stand out to me – one very exciting and one very unusual.
The exciting memory was welcoming Rowan, the Red-tailed Hawk, as a new education ambassador. It is great to be adding another ambassador, particularly such a young bird that should be around for many years in the future to educate people to care for and care about wildlife and the environment. It also is exciting to have Rowan move into such a prominent place in the education animal area; his enclosure is now between Maggie the Peregrine Falcon and Buttercup the Black Vulture. Welcome, Rowan!
The unusual memory came from a volunteer workday to clear the outside back section of the Wildlife Center building so the area can be more efficiently utilized. I had no idea that part of the work that day would be separating frozen rats into bags that can be easily accessed by staff to feed the animals at the Center. In any event, several of us were assigned to do just that. I can't say that it was highly enjoyable, but we did have several good laughs as we went about bagging dead rats. I guess it just means that there is never a dull day at the Wildlife Center and we never know what might be coming up next.
-- Doug Price, Outreach Docent Volunteer