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Opportunity of a Lifetime: Peregrine Falcon Release

“We have a surprise auction item”, said Ed Clark as a picture of a Peregrine Falcon came on the big screen. Little did I know that the auction item would turn into one of the most memorable moments of my life. “We are auctioning off the opportunity to release this falcon back into the wild at tomorrow’s release.” “Wow, that would be so …” was all I could think before my mom whipped around with this awesome smile on her face and she asked me if I wanted to do it. I said of course I would want to do that. I mean come on, how many people can say they have released a falcon back into the wild?

Changing Seasons

The past 13 weeks at the Wildlife Center of Virginia have been nothing short of amazing. I have been able to see summer turn into fall and the animals change along with the seasons.

Teaching the World

If I could describe the Wildlife Center of Virginia in one word, it would be “education”. Everyone who works at the Center is willing to lend their knowledge to teach someone something they didn’t know before walking through the doors. From the tour groups on open-house days that learn about everything that goes into running the Center, to the volunteers, high-school apprentices, community service helpers, interns, and externs who learn the ins and outs of rehabilitation or veterinary medicine – everyone has something to learn and someone to teach them.

Crayfish and Eagles and Snakes - Oh my!

How many of you have actually had the opportunity to live out a lifelong dream?  Well I finally have, or will have over the next few months. I have always been entranced by the natural world – so many wondrous things to see and experience. Plants, animals, birds, insects … all existing in their own unique way as they travel through their time on this earth. I am passionate about learning all I can and then finding ways to teach others about these wonders in a way that helps to build a deeper appreciation for the natural world. This, of course, lies at the heart of my dream.


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