On November 17, Bald Eagle "NZ" -- one of the original "Rock Star" Norfolk Botanical Garden eaglets that the Wildlife Center rehabilitated and released in 2011 -- was found injured with a broken leg in King George County. The eagle was picked up by the sheriff and taken to Alton's Keep in Suffolk, Virginia, where permitted rehabilitator Harley Thomas White examined the bird and bandaged her leg.
Edie came to the Wildlife Center in May 2005. She was found as an orphan in Roanoke, Virginia after her nest tree was damaged in a storm. She was kept by her rescuers for several days before being taken to a local wildlife rehabilitator. After several weeks of observation at the Wildlife Center, our veterinary staff determined that she was imprinted on humans. Young birds visually imprint on their caregiver and thereafter identify with that species for life; Edie was with her rescuers during this critical imprinting stage of her life.
On September 5, an immature Bald Eagle was found unable to fly in a horse pasture in Halifax County. The bird was admitted to Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center where it tested for slightly elevated levels of lead, and then transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
On August 15, an adult Bald Eagle was rescued in Suffolk, Virginia after being found on the ground and was unable to fly away. A local permitted wildlife rehabilitator stabilized the eagle’s condition, and on the following day it was transferred the Wildlife Center of Virginia for assessment and treatment.
On April 9, a young Great Horned Owlet was found in a homeowner's driveway in Caroline County, Virginia. The homeowners took the owlet to a local veterinary clinic before the young bird was transferred to the Wildlife Center. In the days following its admission, Center staff worked with the homeowners to determine if adult Great Horned Owls were present and active in the area; it's always best to re-nest young raptors when possible since being raised in the wild by wild parents is always the best option. Dr.
On March 7, 2020, a private citizen found a hatchling Great Horned owlet at the base of a tree below a damaged nest. They reported that the night before, they had endured high winds, likely resulting in the owlet's nest destruction. After admitting the owlet as a patient, the rehabilitation team asked the private citizen to keep an eye on the nest site, in case the parents were to return. Unfortunately, the parent owls were not seen again and the baby could not be returned to the nest site.
On July 16, a mature female Bald Eagle was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Highland County. Rescuers found that the bird was being "trampled by cows" in a pasture on July 15; the bird was able to be captured and was transported to the Center for care.
Clark was rescued with his brother Lewis in April 2019 after their mother was hit and killed by a car. Despite spending his first two months at the Wildlife Center as a patient in very limited contact with humans, it became clear that both Lewis and Clark remained far too friendly to be released. In July 2019, the decision was made to include both opossums in the Center’s team of outreach ambassadors.
Buttercup was hatched in captivity in 2004. His parents would not care for him, so he was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator. Unfortunately, while he was under the rehabilitator’s care, Buttercup became imprinted on humans. Birds do not automatically know what they are when they’re born — they visually imprint on their caregivers and identify with that species for life. Buttercup no longer fears people and therefore cannot be released into the wild.
On August 20, 2014, two young Bald Eagles were released at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia. Both birds were rescued as eaglets in Chincoteague in May 2014 after their nest was destroyed in a storm. Prior to release, the eagles were fitted with GPS transmitters.