On Monday, June 22, the Richmond Peregrine Falcon fledgling was admitted to the Wildlife Center. This young female falcon hatched on the Richmond Falcon Cam; thousands of people watched the chick grow up in downtown Richmond, Virginia. This is the same nesting location where Maggie, the Center's education Peregrine Falcon, hatched and grew up, though the young bird is no relation to Maggie.
On the morning of February 16, a private citizen in Smyth County contacted the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries when two infant Black Bear cubs were discovered in a box on the private citizen’s porch. There was no information with the cubs; no one knows how or when they were found. A conservation officer with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries picked up the cubs and they were transported to the Wildlife Center later that same evening.
On February 6, an infant male Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The cub was found the evening before in Washington County when a family dog brought home the tiny cub. The homeowners were unsure where the cub came from, so they called the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). A biologist transported the cub to the Center.
On January 22, an infant Black Bear cub was found in Craig County by power line workers; the cub was on top of a brush pile and was nearly frozen. The workers thought the cub was dead at first, but after they warmed the infant bear, she started crying.
On July 9, a private citizen in Hanover County found an adult Eastern Ratsnake in a chicken coop, and suspected that the snake had ingested several “dummy” ceramic eggs that were missing from the coop; ceramic eggs are commonly used to encourage chickens to lay eggs in specific nest boxes. After spending two days inside the coop, the snake was captured and taken to a nearby veterinary hospital before a registered volunteer transporter drove the snake to the Center on July 11.
On July 11, an adult female Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The severely thin and mangy bear had been seen in Loudoun County; DGIF biologists were able to trap the bear on July 10 to bring her to the Center for treatment.
On May 10, an adult female Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Richmond County. The bird was unable to fly and had blood coming from her mouth; she was captured and taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The following day, the eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center.
On June 6, the Wildlife Center admitted two orphaned cubs from Amherst County – Black Bear cubs #18-1315 and #18-1316.
On May 25, a young Bald Eagle nestling fell from its nest in Virginia Beach; the eaglet hit a branch and stayed there for two nights, before falling out of the tree entirely on Sunday, May 27. Rescuers were unsure if the eaglet was injured; they also didn’t want to risk re-nesting the bird and making the eaglet’s siblings jump from the nest prematurely. The nest is known as #1401 by the Center for Conservation Biology’s eagle nest monitoring project; the parent of this young eagle is known as “ND”, one of the young from the Norfolk Botanical Garden nest.
On May 26, a Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. A homeowner in Rockingham County had seen the bear in a tree for two days; the citizen thought that the bear was a cub and called the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. A biologist responded to the scene and found that the bear was an injured yearling; he was able to dart and capture the bear.