Watch Episode 11: Baby Season
Inside the Episode
Episode 11 of Untamed highlights the very busiest time of year for Wildlife Center staff, students, and volunteers -- baby season! Spring is a time for new life; many species of wild animals are giving birth or laying eggs and caring for young throughout much of the spring. It's also the time of year when people are more active; as the warm weather approaches, humans spend more time in their yards and gardens and in the great outdoors. This increased activity of both humans and wild animals can put us all in more direct contact with one another. There are a number of misinformation and misconceptions about young wild animals; learn from the Wildlife Center staff how to best help young animals stay in the wild with their parents.
Learn more about the people in the episode
Check out our Baby Season playlist on YouTube!
Interested in taking online classes about wildlife rehabilitation? Check out our Wildlife Care Academy schedule! Just getting started? REHAB 101: Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation is a great place to begin online classwork!
Looking for hands-on experience in the field of wildlife rehabilitation? Apply for a rehabilitation externship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia - you too could be in "bird jail"!
Help Baby Wildlife
If you see a young wild animal, it’s best to first ask questions before intervening. Despite our natural inclinations, the best chance of survival for a young uninjured animal is often to leave it in its parents' care. Use these infographics to determine when and how to best help common baby wildlife you may find in your own back yard, and visit this section of our website for more advice. And remember, feeding wildlife can often cause more harm than good.
Need help for an injured or orphaned young wild animal in Virginia? Find a permitted wildlife rehabilitator near you.
- Help young wildlife by keeping your cat indoors. The 11-year study conducted by former veterinary director Dr. Dave McRuer vividly illustrates how much of an impact outdoor cats have on wildlife. The study examined nearly 21,000 patient records, including 11,144 small mammals and 9,777 small birds, admitted between 2000 and 2010. Of this total, 2,970 patients were confirmed cat-attack victims. Most patients admitted after interaction with a cat came in between April and September, with the majority of patients admitted in May and June.
- What wild foods do wildlife eat? Check out Wild Foods 4 Wildlife!
- What Good is Wildlife Rehabilitation?
Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of Untamed into the classroom? The Wildlife Center is happy to provide these original worksheets and activity pages for teachers and educators. Designed to highlight the major themes and ideas presented in each episode, these activities are best used in combination with a classroom viewing.
- Untamed Watch-along Worksheet: Baby Season (best-suited for grades 5 and up)
- Baby Season Activity (best-suited for grades K-3)
Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for more wildlife information? Email us at email@example.com