Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog

My New Classroom, My Favorite Place [Student Blog]

I can still picture myself last summer, sitting in the education office of an aquarium in North Carolina, perusing the pictures and stories of education animals on the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s website. After my Education Intern experience at the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, I was positive that my place in this wonderful world of wildlife was in conservation education.

Good News from the "Hard Luck" Kestrel Box

In April 2017, the Wildlife Center admitted a male kestrel [patient #17-0435] with a broken wing. The kestrel was found by researchers Lance and Jill Morrow in Rockingham County; they had actually banded the kestrel a year before in that same area. After three months of rehabilitation, the kestrel was released, about 16 miles away from its original banding location. In May 2018, Lance and Jill contacted the Center with good news on former patient #17-0435!

History of Kestrel Nest Box #76 - as of May 13, 2018

My Wildlife Rehabilitation Externship Reflection [Student Blog]

I became a wildlife rehabilitation extern to learn new skills about handling and caring for wildlife. I was a pre-veterinary student still trying to figure out which field of veterinary medicine was for me. I thought wildlife rehabilitation would be a nice break from the routine cat and dog appointments that I’ve been seeing for the past three years while working at small-animal veterinary clinics.

The Human Element of Wildlife Care

Having worked in ecological field and lab research for the past few years, I didn't think wildlife rehabilitation would be too much of a deviation from my previous work.  I was looking to try something slower-paced that was more hands-on and personal than the research projects I had been a part of previously, and wildlife rehab seemed right up that alley. I had no idea how much my externship would consistently exceed those expectations.

What’s So Great about Gloves?

Have you ever noticed that almost every picture you see of a WCV staff member, volunteer, or student treating or handling an animal, we are almost always wearing gloves?  Have you ever wondered why that is?  Maybe it’s because we all have gnarly fingernails that we’re trying to keep hidden.  Maybe it’s because we enjoy the great art of miming in between patient treatments.  Maybe it’s because we’re all avid Michael Jackson fans.  Maybe it’s all of the above (I must admit, I do love a good MJ classic hit). 

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