Wildlife Center of Virginia to Present Educational Program in Harrisonburg on Saturday, February 23

The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a leading teaching and research hospital for native wildlife, will present “A View From the Top: Birds of Prey”, a program about the raptors that live around us, at Rocking R Hardware [1030 South High Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22803] on Saturday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m.

The program is free and open to the public.  

Alex Wehrung, one of the Center’s Outreach Coordinators, will provide information on what makes birds of prey such successful hunters. Learn about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and discover what they can teach us about the world they inhabit. Joining Wehrung for the program will be three of the Center’s education animals, representing several native raptor species:

  • Verlon, an American Kestrel;
  • Gus, a Barred Owl; and
  • Ruby, a Red-tailed Hawk.


Additional information about the program is available on the Center’s website: https://www.wildlifecenter.org/news_events/events/view-top-birds-prey-rocking-r-hardware-0

Additional information about Rocking R Hardware is available at:  http://www.rockingrhardware.com/

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is an internationally acclaimed teaching and research hospital for wildlife and conservation medicine. Since its founding in 1982, the nonprofit Center has cared for more than 70,000 wild animals, representing 200 species of native birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. The goal of the Center is “to treat to release” – to restore patients to health and return as many as possible to the wild. 

The Center’s public education programs share insights gained through the care of injured and orphaned wildlife, in hopes of reducing human damage to wildlife. In July 2011, the Center launched an online Critter Cam, which allows wildlife enthusiasts around the world to watch a variety of Center patients and resident education animals. Patients that are currently “featured” on one of the three Critter Cam feeds include rambunctious Black Bear cubs, a recovering Bobcat patient, and Center permanent residents Buddy [a Bald Eagle], Maggie [a Peregrine Falcon] or Buttercup [a charismatic Black Vulture]. A link to Critter Cam can be found at www.wildlifecenter.org.  


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Note to the Press: Media representatives are invited to attend the presentation. Please contact Amanda Nicholson at 540.942.9453 or at anicholson@wildlifecenter.org to RSVP.

Photos of Center education animals are also available. Please contact Amanda Nicholson at 540.942.9453 or at anicholson@wildlifecenter.org.