Call of the Wild Conference

November 19-21, 2021

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to the 26th annual Call of the Wild conference on wildlife rehabilitation, co-sponsored by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. 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 2021 Call of the Wild conference will be held online through the Whova Event app. No need to make travel plans or book a hotel room.  You may take full advantage of the 2021 conference without leaving your home! 

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

Stay tuned for more information this summer! 


We're busily planning a variety of pre-recorded and live classes by some amazing speakers! Check back in early September for more complete information before registration opens in mid-to-late September. Lectures include: 

Anesthesia Complications & Troubleshooting - Emphasis on Birds and Raptors
The Box Turtle Patient: Creating a Supportive Environment for Recovery
Caring for Nature in a Digital Age: Wildlife Rehabilitation in the Era of Online Video Content
Over Capacity! Dealing with a Rapid Influx of Patients
Common Conditions in Adult Waterfowl
The Physiologic Effects of Acute and Chronic Stress in Captive Wildlife
Successfully Rehabilitating Eastern Cottontails: Avoiding Stress and GI-related Mortalities
Evaluating Habitat for Release: A Practical Guide
Bat Rehabilitation for Dummies
The Role of Wildlife Rehabilitators in One Health
Rehabilitating the Virginia Opossum
Building and Fostering Your Support Network
Basics of Amphibian Rehabilitation
Fluid Therapy in Wildlife
Patient Updates in Wildlife Rehabilitation
Advanced Virtual Programming: Shifting Gears for the Coming Years
Not Fit for Human Consumption: Drug Withdrawal Times & Prohibited Medications

... and more! 

Conference Fees

Call of the Wild conference fees will be $50/day or $100 for all three days. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Rehabitat Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Scholarship
Thanks to a generous donation from Rehabitat Inc., scholarships are available for permitted Pennsylvania wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians who work with a rehabilitator, and/or permitted capture and transport (C&T) permittees. 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 the species you rehabilitate.


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