May 10, 2022

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. 

May 2, 2022

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. 

April 26, 2022

On April 25, the Wildlife Center staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize Albus the Eastern Ratsnake, one of the education ambassador snakes who has been a part of the Wildlife Center’s family since December 2012. During the past few months, the staff have been increasingly concerned about a growth on Albus’s nose; biopsy results recently confirmed that Albus had cancer.

April 22, 2022

Each year, the Wildlife Center of Virginia takes time to celebrate and honor the selfless, talented individuals that make up our corps of volunteers – happy National Volunteer Week!

April 20, 2022

On April 14, the Center admitted two juvenile Great Horned Owls that were transferred from permitted wildlife rehabilitator Susan Shepperson. Both owlets are suspected orphans and were transferred to the Center to be paired with Papa G’Ho, the Center’s ambassador Great Horned Owl who acts as a surrogate parent to orphaned Great Horned Owls.

April 15, 2022

For many people, seeing baby birds out and about in the wild is synonymous with the spring season. When it comes time for adult birds to begin the process of constructing or finding a suitable nest site, mating and laying eggs, and rearing young, animal instincts can vary greatly between species – knowing what behaviors to watch for in wildlife is a great way to help them raise their young safely.

April 12, 2022

On March 11, a private citizen in Moyock, North Carolina found a fledgling Great Horned Owl on the ground. When the citizen attempted to re-nest the bird, they found three dead siblings in the nest, a strong indicator that the owlet was orphaned. The rescuer brought the owlet to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher in Chesapeake, Virginia for an initial evaluation.