I am a new volunteer at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, having joined the animal-care team in early August. I had recently retired after 38 years of working at a local university, and I wanted to volunteer my time where I could be useful, help animals, and not be tied to a desk or computer.
Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog
Thursday, November 29: The Wildlife Center admitted Patients #2600, 2601, 2602, and 2603 of the year. All bats.
The most memorable part of my two-month experience at the Wildlife Center of Virginia started when I met the patients of the Reptile Room.
One of my favorite memories of 2012 at the Wildlife Center of Virginia involved those beautiful Black Bears.
So much about my externship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia was memorable – I hardly know where to start.
When the first Black Bear of the year was admitted, 12-0073, little did we know what a trend this would start – as we get ready to end 2012, we have now admitted 17 Black Bears for the year.
I have LOTS of great 2012 memories. New patients … the debut of several new Critter Cams … the GN Reveal. But I’ll also remember 2012 as a year in which I connected, in a new way, with the Center’s wildlife ambassadors.
Volunteering on the treatment team at the Wildlife Center is an amazing opportunity -- so many ups and downs, so many fave and not so favorite memories.
Driving home on a May evening from work, I saw a roadkill opossum. As usual, I stopped to check if it was a mom with babies.
Summer was ending and I was dreading the last weekend in August. My amazing group of rehab externs was leaving me – each of these college students had volunteered eight weeks of their summer break at the Wildlife Center and were here to learn more about wildlife rehabilitation.