Call of the Wild Conference

November 16-18, 2018

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to the 23rd annual Call of the Wild conference on wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitators, veterinary professionals, wildlife biologists, environmental educators, and wildlife enthusiasts from Virginia and beyond will share ideas and knowledge that can benefit wildlife, the environment, and the continually evolving field of wildlife rehabilitation. 

The conference is sponsored by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, one of the nation’s leading teaching and research hospitals for native wildlife, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries [VDGIF]. The Call of the Wild conference will be held at Best Western Inn & Suites Conference Center in Waynesboro, VA, conveniently located off of Interstate 64 at Exit 94.

This is an excellent learning opportunity for rehabilitators of all skill levels — and a chance for you to relax and rejuvenate, ready to return home inspired to continue the great work you do!

Please note: As of 11/12, we've cut off registration for Saturday, November 17 classes due to a record attendance! Friday's Wildlife Care Academy classes and Sunday's classes are still open. 

Click here to register!

Friday, November 16

This year, the Wildlife Center is excited to kick off the conference with four different targeted educational opportunities: classes from the Center’s Wildlife Care Academy wildlife rehabilitation course, classes from the Academy’s non-profit management course, a day-long bat rehabilitation workshop, and a training opportunity for veterinary professionals.

Bat Rehabilitation Workshop++ This workshop is now full [11/10]

This all-day session will be led by Leslie Sturges of The Save Lucy Campaign and is for anyone interested in learning more about bat rehabilitation. Training will include the principles of wildlife rehabilitation; natural history of North American bats, including identification; intake and assessment information, focusing on feeding techniques, hydration, and pain management; diagnostics; appropriate housing; diseases, including an update on White Nose Syndrome; and a diagnostic lab with carcass handling practice for those with proof of rabies vaccination. The workshop is worth six (6) continuing education credits. Click here for more details. 
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Boxed lunch included. 
Cost: $60

Veterinary Training Course**  *This workshop is now full*

This five-hour session at the Wildlife Center is for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants and will be taught by the Center’s veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians. The training will address specific skills needed for triaging wild animals, including handling/restraint, radiographs, ophthalmic examinations, and avian bandaging. Discussion will include triage decision-making in common wildlife scenarios and reporting of wildlife to appropriate agencies and governing bodies. Attendees will also tour the Wildlife Center and see the diagnostic equipment used in daily treatments. Please note your position and name of your clinic on the registration form. 
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Boxed lunch included. 
Cost: $50

Wildlife Care Academy REHAB classes

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: REHAB 203: Wildlife Rehabilitation Fundamentals++
Interested in rehabilitating wildlife? Discussion will include an examination of the Virginia permitting process, with a focus on helping the new rehabilitator decide which species he/she would like to and can rehabilitate. The class will also include the who, what, when, where, and why of setting up a home rehabilitation room/facility, and will include information on stocking the appropriate equipment and supplies. The importance of natural history will be emphasized, and attendees will learn how to develop an animal nutrition plan. Finally, the class will examine the rehabilitation processes of an infant mammal and nestling songbird, from birth to release. Our case-study approach makes learning about wildlife rehabilitation fun and practical for the beginner! Pre-requisite: REHAB 101: Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation, which will be offered online [twice!] in November 2018. 
Cost: $25

10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.: REHAB 304: Small Mammal Rehabilitation++
Raising orphaned small mammals is a great place for the new rehabilitator to start! This class is a basic introduction to hand-rearing orphaned small mammals from birth to release. Three species commonly admitted for wildlife rehabilitation will be examined: the Eastern Grey Squirrel, Virginia Opossum, and Eastern Cottontail. Discussion will include reasons for admission, natural history, husbandry, housing, and release criteria. Proper nutrition will be analyzed in detail, including formulas and diets.  This course will include photos and videos of hand-feeding techniques, including syringe-feeding and tube-feeding. Tips and tricks plus frequently encountered problems and solutions are all covered.
Pre-requisite: REHAB 203 Wildlife Rehabilitation Fundamentals
Cost: $35

1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: REHAB 105: Wildlife Capture, Restraint, Handling & Transport++
Whether you are interested in becoming a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, or you simply want to safely assist any injured wildlife that you encounter, this class is essential! Learn tried and true capture, restraint, and handling techniques used to effectively work with wildlife. This class will include photos and videos of appropriate methods used to capture and restrain commonly encountered species in wildlife rehabilitation. Discussion will include the importance of learning and developing skills to ensure the well-being of both you and the animal. We’ll also cover indispensable transporting tips to keep you protected and the animal as secure and stress-free as possible.
Cost: $25

Wildlife Care Academy MGT Classes

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.:  MGT 212: Your True Cost of Doing Business  
When an organization is asked about the size of its operations in financial terms, the typical answer is the amount of cash expended in a year’s time, which almost always underestimates the actual costs and the true value of the organization’s programs and services.  This class will help organizations accurately determine the actual value of their work, which can be critical for public relations, fundraising, and truly understanding the benefits your organization delivers to its community.  You will be surprised!
Cost: $35

10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.: MGT 205: Building your Case for Support
All organizations need money to operate, but some seem to be more successful in getting it.  Typically it is because the most successful organizations have done a better job of showing that they deserve support, will use it wisely, and will actually make a difference with the support they receive.  This class will walk you through the steps in building your case for support.
Cost: $35

1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: MGT 207: Volunteers Don’t Do It For Free! – Volunteerism is an Exchange of Value
Volunteers are NOT slave labor, and cannot be treated as such. When someone volunteers for an organization, especially wildlife care programs, they expect to receive something in return … just not money. Volunteer compensation may include the opportunity to learn and do new things, to contribute to the community, to make a real difference for wildlife, or to use specific skills and education to advance a personal mission. In addition, all volunteers deserve to earn and be given respect, courtesy, an enjoyable work environment, and the opportunity to grow and advance in their positions. This class will provide a look at volunteerism from the volunteers’ point of view and will provide many tangible and practical ideas for recruiting, cultivating and retaining an effective volunteer workforce.
Cost: $35

Friday Social Events

Wildlife Center Tours – 3:30 & 4:30 pm
Tour the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a hospital for native wildlife. Located in Waynesboro, the Center is just a few minutes away from the Best Western.  Participants will need to provide their own transportation to the WCV; please arrive 5-10 minutes before tour time. Reservations required with registration.
**4:30 p.m. tour is now full [10/15]

Welcome Reception – 7 pm
Join us in the pre-function area of the Best Western for drinks, desserts, and the opportunity to mingle with conference participants.  Early check-in at registration table. 

Saturday, November 17 -- registration closed as of 11/12

7:30 am - 8:30 am – Check-in and pick up registration materials
8:30 am - 8:45 am – Welcome

Session 1 – 8:45 am - 9:45 am 

A. So You Think You Want To Be A Home Rehabber?          
Interested in becoming a home rehabber but not sure where to start? Feeling overwhelmed? Not sure if you have enough time? Confused by all the details – permits, training, record-keeping, supplies, zoonosis, home inspections, sponsors, vaccinations, formula, etc.? Help is on the way! This class will break down all the details you need to know to get started at home, acquire equipment and supplies, find and work with a sponsor, set realistic goals, stay out of trouble, keep your sanity, and have you looking forward to the next baby season. This class is open to all but will focus on individuals in Virginia interested in getting started practicing wildlife rehabilitation in the home setting, or seasoned rehabilitators interested in sponsoring a new home-based rehabilitator.
Linda McDanielAugusta Cottontails

B. Pain Management in Wildlife**++
This presentation will cover all aspects of pain management, including the importance of a good veterinary-rehabilitator relationship, indications for different pain management techniques, and drug/treatment options.
Jen Riley, DVMBlue Ridge Wildlife Center

Session 2 – 9:55 am - 10:25 am 

A. Building a Neonatal Incubator++
Incubators are an essential tool for wildlife rehabilitators but are often cost prohibitive. This step-by-step presentation illustrates how to build a sizable incubator that suits many species, is easy to maintain and clean, and is very affordable.
Peggy Hentz, Red Creek Wildlife Center

B. What's Wrong with My Patient? A Guideline and Overview to the Physical Exam (Lecture)**++
This lecture will give participants an overview of how to perform a basic physical exam in avian, mammalian, and reptilian patients. We will focus on examining the patient systematically, making sure to include all body systems. This lecture is open to all attendees; it is required for anyone taking one of the afternoon hands-on workshops. 
Karra Pierce, DVM, Wildlife Center of Virginia

Session 3 – 10:35 am 

A. The Hurricane is Coming! To Run or to Stay? Lecture [30-minute lecture ends at 11:05 am]**++
This lecture will focus on the basics of preparedness and response in case of an emergency affecting any rehabilitation facility. Attendees will learn the basic principles of what to do before, during, and after an emergency, including how to make an emergency plan, and how to build a help network. Attendees will learn some regulations and restrictions for moving animals in case of emergency or disaster. This lecture is open to all attendees; it is required for anyone taking the afternoon workshop.
Ernesto Dominguez, DVM, CWR, Wildlife Center of Virginia

B. Squirrel Ailments [90-minute lecture ends at 12:05 pm]++
From orphaned pinkie to hefty adults, fast and furious releases, and any ailments or injury in between or beyond, this session gives the squirrel its due. Routine calls, as well as unusual questions regarding our friend (and potential victim or troublemaker) the squirrel, will be discussed. This interactive class will help us stock our rehab knowledge toolbox with "what to do's" in any squirrel situation. The squirrel … some people can't live with them, and most wildlife rehabilitators can't live without them.
Linda Bergman-AlthouseWildlife Rehabilitators of North Carolina & Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter

Session 4 – 11:10 - 12:10 pm  

A. The Corvids: Learning from Biology to Aid in Rehabilitation++
Caring for intelligent, highly social species in rehabilitation can be challenging, especially so for the corvid family. We will explore the biology and behaviors that make American and Fish Crows and Blue Jays so engaging and often an issue for rehabbers!  We will discuss nutritional needs based on their natural diets, how to encourage natural foraging behaviors, review of enrichment ideas to help prevent boredom and aid in the development of skills that will help once they are released and (hopefully) integrated into their own corvid society.  Handouts will include species profiles based on natural history and developmental milestones, diet steps, and housing ideas.
Lynn Miller, CWR, PhD, South Florida Wildlife Center

LUNCH & NETWORKING – 12:10 pm - 1:25 pm 

Session 5 – 1:25 pm - 2:25 pm

A. Reptile Triage**++
It is not uncommon for reptiles to need rehabilitation, particularly after experiencing trauma. Of those reptiles affected by trauma, the most common cause is due to vehicles. Wound-care and prognostic variables are therefore important. This presentation will go over reptile handling, triage, wound-care, and prognostic variables for reptiles. Additional advanced methods of triage and care for reptiles such as photobiomodulation (cold laser therapy) and acupuncture techniques will be covered.
Tara Harrison, DVM, MPVM, DACZM, DACVPM, DECZM (Zoo Health Management), CVANorth Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

B. Improving Wildlife Corridors in Virginia: Identifying Collision Hotspots
The Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative (VSWCC) is a multidisciplinary group committed to protecting people and wildlife by reducing animal-vehicle conflicts and improving safe wildlife passage. VSWCC is interested in habitat connectivity measures for all species of wildlife, big and small, and aims to not only reduce wildlife-vehicle conflicts but also work towards implementing measures that allow the safe movement of wildlife across roads.  Part of the group’s work involves identifying “hotspots” –road segments in Virginia where wildlife-vehicle conflict is most prevalent. GIS mapping and modeling were used to identify the areas that are potentially in greatest need of mitigation for deer- and bear-vehicle collisions; these models will guide field validation for areas of focus in the coming year. This talk includes an overview of VSWCC’s mission and project roster; researchers will present results from modeling/mapping used to identify large animal collision hotspots throughout the state.
Raina DeFonza, Wildlife Center of Virginia; Matthias Leu, Yorick Oden-Plants, William & Mary 

Session 6 – 2:35 pm - 3:35 pm

A. Understanding Milk Formulations++          
Mammal milk has evolved to meet the specific requirements for a species.  Understanding formulation charts and how these relate to a variety of species will help meet the needs for just about any baby mammal.
Peggy Hentz, Red Creek Wildlife Center

B. The Hurricane is Coming! To Run or to Stay? Workshop**++ *This workshop is now full*
During this workshop, attendees will experience simulation exercises of a real emergency in a wildlife rehabilitation setting. Participants will have limited time and resources to save staff, volunteers, and the animals in care. Learn how to respond to the emergency, activate emergency services, and start the internal or external movement of animals through a help network. Those attending the workshop must attend the morning disaster lecture. Space is limited. There is an $8 additional workshop fee.
Ernesto Dominguez, DVM, CWR, 
Wildlife Center of Virginia
*If you'd like to be on the waiting list for this workshop, please make a note in the comments section of your registration form*

C. What’s Wrong with My Patient? Workshop #1** ++ *This workshop is now full*
This hands-on workshop will give participants the opportunity to practice and develop their physical exam skills in a small group setting, with guidance and support. Those attending the workshop must attend the morning physical exam lectureSpace is limited. There is a $10 additional workshop fee.
Karra Pierce, DVM, 
Wildlife Center of Virginia 
*If you'd like to be on the waiting list for this workshop, please make a note in the comments section of your registration form*

Session 7 – 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

A. You CAN Rehab Neonate Bunnies: Tips for Success!++         
Cottontails are one of the most frequently admitted species in wildlife rehabilitation, yet there is an overwhelming shortage of bunny rehabbers -- and even FEWER who will do neonates.  The standard reason is, “I don’t do bunnies because they just die.”  Bunnies are notorious for their high mortality rate, but that doesn’t have to be the case.  Bunnies really can thrive in rehab – even neonates!  This class will discuss tips on feeding, weaning, stimulating, and housing neonate bunnies, but the focus will be on the most CRITICAL stage for them – the period surrounding their eyes opening.  Learn why they tend to develop GI complications (soft stool, “wet bottom,” diarrhea) at this stage and how to effectively prevent and treat “the big D.”
Tanya Lee, Wildlife Care Alliance

B. WILD-ONe Workshop**   
This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the Center’s FREE online patient management system, WILD-ONe (Wildlife Incident Log/Database and Online Network). Bring your laptop or tablet, patient records, and questions as we explore the capabilities of WILD-ONe, with time for one-on-one advice on how the system can best be used to manage your patient records and donor contacts. Workshop participants must bring their own laptop or tablet to participate; no iPads or iPhones, please! Space is limited.
Leigh-Ann Horne, LVT, 
Wildlife Center of Virginia

C. What’s Wrong with My Patient? Workshop #2 [Repeat]** *This workshop is now full*++
This hands-on workshop will give participants the opportunity to practice and develop their physical exam skills in a small group setting, with guidance and support. Those attending the workshop must attend the morning physical exam lectureSpace is limited. There is a $10 additional workshop fee.
Dr. Karra Pierce, DVM, 
Wildlife Center of Virginia 
*If you'd like to be on the waiting list for this workshop, please make a note in the comments section of your registration form*

Sunday, November 18

7:30 am - 8:00 am – Check-in and pick up registration materials

Session 1 – 8:00 am - 9:00 am 

A. Lost in Translation: Understanding Terminology and Medical Jargon**++
This lecture will review the transfer of wildlife from a veterinary hospital to a rehabilitator from two different perspectives: the vet/vet tech/vet staff perspective and the rehabilitator perspective. For vets/techs/vet staff, discussion will include a review of necessary information to gather from the Good Samaritan dropping off the animal, as well as what information needs to be given to the receiving rehabber. Information will also include how to create easy-to-follow discharge plans to send along for the animal. For the rehabbers, discussion will include how to better understand discharge instructions sent home by your veterinarian, important questions to ask the vet when an animal is being transferred, and understanding common medications used for wildlife. If time allows, discussion will include how rehabbers can network with local vet hospitals to try to streamline and simplify the intake and transfer of animals.
Charlene Braman, LVT

B. Hatchling Success++ 
Hand-raising baby birds may be one of the most challenging aspects of wildlife rehabilitation. The smaller and younger the bird is, the lower the success rate and the higher the intimidation factor.  These fragile hatchlings require long hours and specialized care. This presentation will touch on the process of incubation and hatching, and, most importantly, how to increase success with hand-rearing from hatch to release.
Leighann ClineSmithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Session 2 – 9:10 am - 10:10 am

A. Fracture Assessment in Wildlife: More than just the Break**++
Fracture assessment can be overwhelming for new (and sometimes veteran!) wildlife rehabilitators. This lecture will deconstruct the fracture assessment process -- considering numerous factors such as the species' stress level in captivity, location of the fracture, concurrent disease, and capabilities of the facility -- to help rehabilitators develop a more accurate assessment and prognosis.
Amber McNamara, DVM, CVAMay Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lees-McRae College

B. Introduction to Songbird Rehab and Triage Lecture++
How do you get a fussy fledgling to eat easily? How can you stabilize a broken wing? What makes young cardinals so unusual to rehab? This class and complimentary workshop is a crash course for both the newbie and the seasoned rehabber to learn new skills and improve upon existing ones to make songbird rehabilitation less stressful for you and for your feathered patients. This lecture is open to all attendees; it is required for anyone taking the afternoon workshops.
E. Haley Olsen-HodgesSouthwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke

Session 3 – 10:20 am - 11:20 am

A. Ask the Vet: An Interactive Discussion**
Do you have medical questions regarding your wildlife patients? Wondering about the best method to treat an injury?  Not quite sure how to use that donated piece of medical equipment? This interactive question-and-answer session will feature a panel of veterinarians, including vets from the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Participants are encouraged to pre-submit questions before the conference to; we’ll also have a question box at the conference for last-minute questions. If time allows, the panel will answer live questions from the audience. 
Ernesto Dominguez, DVM, CWR, Wildlife Center of Virginia; Peach Van Wick, DVM, Wildlife Center of Virginia; Jen Riley, DVM, Blue Ridge Wildlife Center; Amber McNamara, DVM, CVAMay Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lees-McRae College

B. Virginia Opossum Care: Using Science to Aid Rehabilitators++
Based on the scientific literature covering biological milestones in developing marsupials, the care of these amazing animals has been evolving. This presentation will take you through the many aspects of their nutrition, offering a growth and care chart and recipes targeting specific developmental stages. To ensure optimal growth, rehabilitators also need to recognize when very specific supplemental care and anti-microbial support are appropriate. These strategies are all based on the admission conditions, weight range, and developmental age. Handouts will cover step-by-step growth and care charts, species snapshots, and diet ideas.
Lynn Miller, CWR, PhD , South Florida Wildlife Center

Session 4 – 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

A. Rehabilitation in Costa Rica
Have you wondered what it would be like to rehab animals in paradise?  This discussion will offer insights and experiences on rehabilitation at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Costa Rica.  Learn about the animals, the challenges and the rewards of rehabbing animals in a developing country, and how to help.  From glorious waterfalls to mudslides and the rainy season, paradise isn't always all it's cracked up to be.
Karen Brace, Wildlife Rescue League

B. Introduction to Songbird Rehab and Triage Workshop #1 *This workshop is now full*++
In this hands-on workshop, participants will have a chance to practice techniques and skills covered in the morning lecture, including physical examinations, triage, and bandaging on songbirds. Those attending the workshop must attend the morning songbird rehab and triage lecture. Space is limited. There is a $10 additional workshop fee.
E. Haley Olsen-Hodges
Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke
*If you'd like to be on the waiting list for this workshop, please make a note in the comments section of your registration form*

LUNCH & NETWORKING – 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm 

Session 5 – 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

A. Dealing with the Public without Losing your Cool++
A comical yet useful presentation on how to handle THOSE phone calls. Topics include educating the caller, dealing with difficult personalities (verbal judo), and tips on how to keep this stress from ruining your day.
Peggy Hentz, Red Creek Wildlife Center

B. Introduction to Songbird Rehab and Triage Workshop #2 [Repeat] *This workshop is now full*++
In this hands-on workshop, participants will have a chance to practice techniques and skills covered in the morning lecture, including physical examinations, triage, and bandaging on songbirds. Those attending the workshop must attend the morning songbird rehab and triage lecture. Space is limited. There is a $10 additional workshop fee.
E. Haley Olsen-Hodges
Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke
*If you'd like to be on the waiting list for this workshop, please make a note in the comments section of your registration form*

Session 6 – 2:50 pm - 3:50 pm

A. Wildlife Patients as Snapshots: How the Rehab Community Can Contribute to the Bigger Picture**
Every patient that comes through our doors has the potential to tell a story, to teach us about what's going on in the world around us, and to help other animals.  In this lecture, learn about the various research projects in which the Wildlife Center is involved and how you can become a part of this important aspect of wildlife rehabilitation and conservation medicine!
Peach Van Wick, DVM, Wildlife Center of Virginia

Schedule At-a-Glance

Continuing Education Credits

The Call of the Wild conference offers CE opportunities to permitted wildlife rehabilitators as well as veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, and animal control officers. Certificates are provided at the conference.

** These classes are eligible for continuing education hours for licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians in Virginia based on 18VAC150-20-70, item 2.h. The Call of the Wild conference is co-sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Five hours are available Friday, five hours are available Saturday, and a total of four hours are available Sunday. 

++ These classes are approved for animal control officer (ACO) CE [up to six hours available Friday, six hours available Saturday, and five hours available Sunday]. 

Up to 18 hours have been approved for animal control officer CE -- stay tuned to see which are qualifying classes!

WILD-ONe Appointments Available

WILD-ONe (Wildlife Incident Log/Database and Online Network) is a free online medical record system that the Wildlife Center created – this tool is available for any wildlife rehabilitator or wildlife rehabilitation center. If you’d like a demonstration of the system, or if you’re already a WILD-ONe user and would like to spend time one-on-one learning more and have assistance entering your records, please make an appointment during conference weekend! The Center’s Hospital/WILD-ONe Manager, Leigh-Ann, will be available for individual appointments. To set up a time, email or stop by the exhibit table during the conference.

Scholarship Opportunities

Thanks to a generous donation from Rehabitat Inc., scholarships are available for permitted Pennsylvania wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians who work with a rehabilitator. Funds may be used for registration fees only. To apply, please email your name, address, and a copy of your current Pennsylvania wildlife rehabilitation permit to Please include a brief summary of species you rehabilitate.

Lodging at the Best Western

The conference will be held at Best Western Inn & Suites Conference Center in Waynesboro, VA, conveniently located off of Interstate 64 at Exit 94.

The Best Western offers spacious non-smoking rooms with wireless internet access, cable satellite television, an in-room coffee maker, microwave, and refrigerator. This pet-friendly hotel features an array of amenities, including a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, an indoor heated saltwater pool, and a fitness center. Many local restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel.

Room reservations and payment must be made through the Best Western. To reserve a room, please call the hotel directly at: 540-942-1100 or reserve online by using this group flier. 

Update: as of 10/22/18, only one Saturday night room remains in our block! Special pricing is guaranteed through October 25 at midnight, so be sure to make your reservations early! When making reservations, mention that you are attending the Wildlife Center of Virginia conference to receive the $99.99/night special conference rate. King suites are also available at $114.99/night. 

A Call of the Wild room block has also been set up at the nearby Days Inn until October 25; smoking and non-smoking rooms are available Thursday and Sunday nights for $63.00/night; rooms on Friday and Saturday are $80/night. Call the hotel at 540-943-1101 to book your room. 

To cut costs, share accommodations! If you need help in locating a roommate, please contact us at

Air Travel

For those traveling by air, the two closest airports to Waynesboro are Charlottesville Airport [CHO] and Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport [SHD]. Both are within 30-45 minutes of Waynesboro. Both airports have rental car agencies within the airline terminals.


Weekend registration fees are $130 for Saturday/Sunday; one-day weekend rates are $80. Student rates are available for full-time students with a valid ID at $80 for the weekend conference and $50 for one day. Friday courses and training priced separately. 


Weekend conference registration fee includes lunch catered by a local company featuring both vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees as well as side dishes and desserts. Accompanying guests who are not registered for the conference must pay a meal fee if they will be eating lunch with you. If you’d like to sign-up your guest for lunch, please email

Friday's bat workshop and veterinary training course include boxed lunches. Friday's Wildlife Care Academy students are responsible for their lunch. A number of restaurants are within walking distance or a short drive from the hotel. 


All exhibit tables are now full as of 10/1/2018. 

Payment & Refund Policy

Payment is due with registration to reserve your spot -- spaces in workshops with limited room will not be held without payment.  Register and pay by November 2 to avoid a late fee. 

Cancellations received in writing (via email) received prior to November 2 are eligible to receive a refund. Cancellations received in writing after November 2 may qualify for a partial refund; no-shows are not entitled to a refund. 

Questions? Please email

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