But after an incredibly busy and often stressful season at the Wildlife Center this year, I think what I needed more was a reminder to better appreciate and cherish these victories.
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Seeing someone of a younger generation already have so much passion and excitement about what we do here at the Wildlife Center tugged at my heartstrings and is a memory that I will never forget.
For me, both of these teaching opportunities at NWRA took a tremendous amount of work and planning, but they were so well worth it! It was extremely gratifying, especially in the workshop, to walk around and get to answer questions, and see people learning in a hands-on setting. It was certainly a highlight of my year!
Though unfortunate, this is a moment that will live with me for the rest of my career. I was only able to witness the end of this curious creature’s story, but I am content knowing we were able to humanely end her suffering and I had a role in ensuring her “history-making” adventure did not go unnoticed.
As the cub began to recover, her feisty personality began to shine and she gradually reclaimed the playful nature that defines the spirit of bear cubs. Each tentative step, every curious glance, and the joyous return to climbing structures spoke volumes about the strength this little one had.
The return to in-person workshops served as a reminder that, despite the hurdles faced in the last three years, the pursuit of education and the joy of learning new skills are timeless and universal.
It's been a busy year at the Wildlife Center of Virginia -- thousands of patients have been admitted to our hospital in need of care, hundreds of students, volunteers, and professionals have participated in training programs, and thousands of children and adults have heard our messages about wildlife and environmental conservation. It's time for a well-deserved rest!