I first became aware of The Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 27, 2011 when 3 eaglets from a Norfolk, VA nest were transferred there. And I was hooked immediately. Within a day or two, a web cam was set up and by watching the web cams and reading the moderated discussion that goes along with it, I came to know the animals, the people and the work of the Wildlife Center.
BUDDY ~ BALD EAGLE
During the past 2 years of watching and reading, I have laughed out loud (prompting the dog to come into the room to check on me) and cried along with others from around the world. And I have learned - learned about the individual animals at the Wildlife Center, learned about the problems of wildlife and what we can do as individuals and as groups can to to make a difference, and learned how a community can grow around a common passion.
GREAT HORNED OWL
I try to explain the experience of the Wildlife Center's Critter Cam and Moderated Discussion to my friends and family, but it's not easy. Most listen and nod, but sometimes I can see their puzzled looks. A few have caught the bug themselves. And many appreciate how much the Wildlife Center means to me.
EDIE ~ AMERICAN KESTREL
On March 24th, a friend and I drove to Waynesboro, VA to attend an open house at the Wildlife Center. It included an introduction to the Center, a tour of the hospital area and a chance to see some of the education animals up close. And of course, a chance to meet some of the people who help make the Center what is is. It was a wonderful experience.
THE OPERATING SUITE
We knew there was a chance of snow, but it's spring - how bad could it be? We could handle a "wintry mix". The white spots and streaks you see in the pictures are snow. We were dressed for the weather and it was fun to see the snow at the Center.
GUS ~ BARRED OWL
And on the road during the drive up and home - well, it was an adventure. Sally took some great pics on the way home. From the passenger seat. And we made it back safely.
THE DRIVE HOME
You can learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, its patients and education animals, and access the critter cams here.
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