Outreach Public Affairs Manager Alex Wehrung was recently interviewed by Washington Post reporter Dana Hedgpeth on lead toxicosis in Bald Eagles, and how analyzing patient admissions at the Wildlife Center of Virginia can give insight into broader environmental and conservation issues.
We followed Amber Buck, the Wildlife Center's Office Manager, during a busy spring day in April.
In April 2022, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until spring 2023, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers.
On the afternoon of Sunday, May 15, a small Black Bear cub was rescued from a tree in Salem, Virginia. The bear had been seen in the same tree for 36 hours with no sign of a sow. The cub was first taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke for overnight care, then transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following morning.
On May 4, Virginia Public Radio listeners learned about Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Virginia, and what steps the Wildlife Center of Virginia is taking to protect both wild patients and non-releasable education ambassadors. During an interview with Radio IQ Charlottesville Bureau Chief Sandy Hausman, Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Karra shared tips for members of the public on what to do if they suspect wild birds in their area have been affected by the virus:
On April 15, a private citizen found a Great Horned Owl nestling on the ground in Orange, Virginia. The citizen found two nests in the surrounding area, but they were located very far from where the owlet was found and close monitoring did not reveal any nest activity or indication that adults were present. The owlet was brought to the Center for rehabilitative care.
On April 26, property owners in Greene County found a young Black Bear cub in their barn, under a tractor, just hours after a severe storm rolled through central Virginia. There were no signs of the mother bear that evening or the next morning, and after a discussion with the Department of Wildlife Resources, the rescuers brought the cub to the Wildlife Center on April 27.