Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog

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). 

Yay, Snakes!

Since I changed positions at my elementary school and became a librarian, I found that I am able to reach many more students about caring for wildlife.  Anytime anyone on campus sees wildlife, they come to me (or Miss Christina, our secretary).  In the spring of 2017, we rescued two Eared Grebes that became stranded on the ground.  Both were released.  We also had a bunny that managed to ‘self-release’ in our school office after it was taken from a student.  The bunny was eventually caught and released outside as well.  And since school started in August 2017, it’s been a rattlesnake and a

My Clarified Answers about Wildlife Rehabilitation

I believe that before getting yourself into something, you should ask yourself why you're doing what you're doing ... and think about how it relates to the big picture. That is why I have had a few ideological concerns about wildlife rehabilitation and whether it disrupts nature’s natural process and evolution. During my rehabilitation externship period, I have clarified my thoughts as to justify the benefits of wildlife rehabilitation.


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