Wildlife Center of Virginia to Present Educational Programs in New Market and Edinburg on Thursday, June 18

The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a leading teaching and research hospital for native wildlife, will present “Whoo’s Awake in the Night?”, a program about nocturnal wildlife, at the following Shenandoah County Library branches:

  • New Market Branch [160 E. Lee St., New Market, VA 22844] on Thursday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Edinburg Branch [514 Stoney Creek Blvd, Edinburg, VA 22824] on Thursday, June 21 at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The programs are free and open to the public.  
Alex Wehrung, one of the Center’s Outreach Coordinators, will provide information on native wildlife that use amazing adaptations to thrive in the dark. Learn about these unique characteristics, and how our actions during the day affect those who stay up all night. Joining Wehrung for the program will be three of the Center’s education animals, representing several native species:

  • Albus, an Eastern Ratsnake;
  • Willow, a Virginia Opossum; and
  • Quinn, a Great Horned Owl.

Additional information about the program is available on the Center’s website: https://www.wildlifecenter.org/news_events/events/whoos-awake-night-shenandoah-county-libraries

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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 75,000 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 surrogate Great Horned Owl and four young Great Horned Owlets, 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.