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.
This year was full of many exciting memories, starting with coming back to the Wildlife Center of Virginia full-time as one of the wildlife rehabilitators. Throughout the year, I see a never-ending array of adorable animals, yet I am still left thinking long and hard at the end of the year about what stood out the most.
This year, the memory I kept coming back to was a precious mixed flock of baby birds we raised from nestlings to release. The flock included: one Cedar Waxwing, one Northern Cardinal, one Northern Mockingbird, and two American Robins. It was an interesting mixture of birds, but any time I was feeling overwhelmed or stressed, I would volunteer to pop into ICU or up to our Aviary to feed this group of babies. As soon as I’d remove the cover from their cage or opened the door to their Aviary enclosure, I was greeted with a chorus of enthusiasm. Five hungry little birds calling in their different but equally beautiful ways, flapping their wings and trying to look as important as possible so they’d get that first juicy mealworm. It’s no secret that birds are my favorite to work with, and while the raptors are definitely impressive showstoppers, to me the tiny songbirds will always win my heart.
-- Shannon Mazurowski, Wildlife Rehabilitator