After working 38 years at a university, I was looking forward to my retirement and I knew I wanted to spend some of my "free" time as a volunteer, somewhere.
Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog
When major shoulder surgery in fall 2010 ended my part-time career as a wine warehouse and delivery manager, it gave me the opportunity to put into action a thought I had entertained for many years – put my energy into volunteering somewhere.
Why do I volunteer at the Wildlife Center of Virginia? Two years ago I needed a new place to volunteer because my daughter had left the nest, finished graduate school, and was planning to be married ... it was time to "cut the cord" and I had “empty nest syndrome.”
One of our regular “Cam in the Classroom” teachers recently shared a writing assignment from her third-grade students at Desert Valley Elementary [AZ]. The writing lesson introduced quotation marks and dialog; students had to complete a comic strip. The students were told that they could make the “conversation” about anything – whatever they thought the man and bird would be talking about. One student, Esther, had this special message. As Mrs. Matheson said, “It is amazing what my students think about!”
The loss of Chayton, the Center’s education Peregrine Falcon, was hard on the entire staff of the Wildlife Center.
Caring for Critters sponsorships are always popular during the holidays – they make wonderful gifts for children, adults, family, friends, students … anyone! In November and December 2012, the Center mailed out more than 700 Caring for Critters sponsorship packets.
One “adopter”, Doris, sponsored Buttercup the Black Vulture as a gift. Doris sent us this email this week:
Using the word “normal” in connection with anything at the Wildlife Center of Virginia is, at best, a relative term … as in, “normal abnormality” … or, “normal amounts of unprecedented change” … and so it was with 2012.
I have to admit that I have many memories from 2012.
It's been six months since I started my fellowship at the Wildlife Center … it has gone by quickly.
My time so far at the Wildlife Center has been full of adventures and memorable moments. Six months into my internship, it’s getting to the point where even the “memorable moments” are starting to blur together!