They say that “time flies when you are having fun,” but the same can also be said when you are busy. At the Wildlife Center of Virginia, both are true. I came to the Wildlife Center for the fall rehabilitation externship program, and it has had me doing a lot of different things. Every day was a different experience, despite having some things set as a weekly routine: weighing patients, cleaning filters in the reptile room, and hosing down different enclosures and flight pens. And I have enjoyed every single bit of it!
Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog
Ever since I can remember, I have had a love for all types of birds.
Tucked away in the old deciduous woods of the Shenandoah Valley sits the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Focusing on two main medical aspects -- individual patient treatment and disease-spread prevention -- the Center provides Virginia with a state-of-the-art wildlife recovery facility. The prevention of disease-spread is dependent on the interspecies and intraspecies interactions. Due to the interaction of employees and animals at the Center, disease prevention must be considered on a human level.
It’s now a tradition at the Wildlife Center for the staff, students, and volunteers to recount their most memorable moments of the year. A variety of stories and memories of 2013 from the staff and volunteers of the Wildlife Center are posted on the Center's blog; here is a complete list for 2013, just so you don't miss any posts!
Before we say goodbye to 2013, it is appropriate to look back on the year, and reflect on what we have done, how we have done it, and what difference it makes.
For me, and probably for many of you who support WCV, 2013 is the year of the bear.
One of my most memorable surgeries was my first orthopedic repair in a Red-tailed Hawk.
How does one choose just one memory from the last twelve months? I know there are many memories which I hopefully will never forget.
Wildlife rehab can be tough and victories are often small, like seeing that hawk fly for the first time in months. But you live for those moments because you know you are one step closer in potentially giving that animal its life back.