Having volunteered as a summer transporter years ago, I “met” raccoons, turtles, hawks and various other species of birds. I even rode backroads with a baby deer in my lap which had been hit by a car. I learned a lot that summer about the complexities of wildlife management, the value of a good pair of long THICK gloves, and that in this work there’s many sad stories but more that end happily.
I grew up in the area where WCV is located and have supported them almost from their start 35 years ago, even though I had moved from that area by then, because I heard great things about them from friends and relatives still there. I now know some of the staff personally and have had the pleasure of touring their marvelous facilities. These people are totally dedicated to helping wildlife in every possible way. They are hard working, innovative, and extremely knowledgeable. Their president, a co-founder of the Center, is internationally recognized for his expertise in this field, and the Center works with veterinary and rehabilitation students from around the world, including every vet school in both the US and Canada. They maintain regular informational posts on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and they have a terrific website that features updates on patients, three live streaming webcams of patients and education ambassadors (non-releasable animals who are trained to be part of presentations to the public), educational opportunities for schools and for those interested in wildlife rehabilitation, a discussion board on which the public can ask questions and make comments, and more. As busy as they are, they always take time to respond to questions online and are friendly and open with visitors who have arranged tours or have signed up for free open house tours. They are a functioning hospital, so one cannot just walk in and expect a tour. They have the highest rating, four stars, that Charity Navigator awards, and they richly deserve it. The animals are well cared for with clean enclosures, good food, and constant enrichment. The staff many times goes well beyond the call of duty to help their patients, working long after "regular" hours, reaching out to other experts in difficult cases, sharing their expertise with others, spending personal time with ambassadors they train because they develop strong bonds with them, joining in the online discussions from home, and so much more. Their annual reports show clearly that they do not waste a penny of the money donated to them or any items given to them, and every single donation is promptly acknowledged with a personal message from the executive vice president. There are also periodical letters of thanks to donors from President Ed Clark himself that include personal handwritten notes from him and are signed by him--no stamp, no autopen. How he manages to do all the things he does is amazing. He always says the secret to his success is hiring a great team of people and then staying our of their way, but he is constantly busy himself. All who love wildlife and want to see wildlife protected and cared for when in need can rest assured that any donations they make to the Wildlife Center of Virginia will be responsibly used to do just that. Please do explore their great website: www.wildlifecenter.org
Social media and wildlife rehabilitation.
Being retired and looking for ways to entertain myself with my new found spare time, stumbled upon online cams devoted to wildlife in a way I did not know existed. The Wildlife Center of Virginia became involved in the rescue of three eaglets that had lost their mother to an airplane accident at the Norfolk Airport. All of those who had been watching the eaglets from egg laying, to hatch, to banding, were devastated. WCV quickly responded to take on the care and rehab of these majestic birds. They installed a cam in their new 'home' so those thousands of viewers could continue to follow their progress. Many questions were answered by the tremendous and knowledgeable staff to allay any fears we had. Fast forward two years later, this teaching hospital has taken in thousands of native wildlife patients and allowed the general public to be a part of their rehab and release back to the wild. I am more than proud to donate to this exemplary organization when the need arises to help obtain a new piece of hospital equipment or food for the many 'critters', be they patients or wildlife ambassadors. The WCV acknowledges every dime they receive with a personal letter signed by Mr. Edward Clark, president, so you can be assured your donation is greatly appreciated. Please join us at wildlifecenter.org to watch and learn about eagles, falcons, vultures, black bears every day. We have a moderated discussion every day, cam in the classroom series for many schools, hospital cam day monthly, book club discussions bi-monthly, and three cams to view our wildlife ambassadors every day. If you have ever thought of going on an African Safari, WCV offers those also at a great price. I have gone on one and can attest to the fact that it was an experience of a lifetime.
Review from #MyGivingStory
He was an eaglet named Buddy. He had a strange looking beak due to Avian Pox and would never have survived in the wild. But he did survive and is now a magnificent wildlife ambassador. This eagle opened my eyes to and started my giving relationship with the wildlife hospital at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Over the years I have continued to learn about wildlife through this organization. I have met all the wonderful wildlife ambassadors including a charismatic black vulture who likes to play peek-a-boo. I have learned about the problems that our wildlife encounter and am trying to pass this information on to others. I have seen the wonderful things the doctors and all the staff at the center do to try to get as many injured animals as possible back into the wild. I have been saddened when some do not survive but I have also been overcome with joy witnessing the release back into the wild of some magnificent creature. I have seen what my contributions do, whether it’s providing food, obtaining medical equipment or building a bear cub rearing facility. I will continue my giving relationship as long as they continue to help critters.
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The Wonderful Wildlife Center of Virginia
In April, 2011, I was watching the eagle family on a live cam at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens with students and teachers at the middle school where I worked. The cam allowed us to look into their nest high in a tree. We had watched the eggs hatch, and the three baby chicks grow as they were lovingly tended and fed by Mom and Dad for weeks.
Suddenly, something was wrong. Mom had flown away to get food, and as the day wore on, she didn't return. The forlorn chicks peered over the edge of the nest waiting for the Mom that would never come back. An eagle, later identified as Mom Norfolk, had been struck by a plane and killed on the nearby runway.
Later that day, Dad Eagle brought the chicks a fish, but the Va. Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries experts determined that he would not be able to provide enough food for the three growing chicks.
A plan was made to remove the chicks and relocate them to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a nationally respected teaching hospital for wildlife in Waynesboro, VA. Under the guidance of Ed Clark, the President and co-founder of WCV, the chicks were sent to WCV, and the staff went into action. They foraged in the woods for sticks and branches to build a large nest. They strung wire from the trees and installed a live video cam to show the thousands of people watching from around the world exactly what was happening. Ed Clark kept everyone informed, with a moderated blog, on all aspects of their care. What would have been certain death for one or more of the chicks was transformed into a life-saving rescue. The Center did an outstanding job of keeping everyone up-to-date and entertained as the chicks grew, and they were all successfully released into the wild when they were ready.
The Center's quick response and care and attention to detail in this wildlife emergency was impressive, and they continue to treat thousands of patients every year with the same care and skill. They have an outstanding, friendly staff; and vets and interns come from all the world to be trained there. They are careful in the management of their funds, and maintain an appreciative and close relationship with their many supporters.
I have been enriched and entertained by their live cams, online educational blogs and programs, and have attended their open houses and other events. The Wildlife Center of Virginia is exceptionally well-run, and I am greatly impressed by their skill and dedication to their mission of teaching the world to care about and care for wildlife and the environment. I highly recommend the Wildlife Center of Virginia at wildlifecenter.org - it's a great place!
Review from #MyGivingStory
Caring for wildlife takes a heart of gold.
Wildlife has been given a bad rap for many years, but many don’t realize that it is us humans that are destroying their habitat. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for animals, whether they are domesticated or wild. After becoming involved in an online wildlife webcam on a pair of bald eagles, my love for wildlife came out full force. The female eagle was killed in an accident shortly after three eggs hatched. The male could not defend the territory from intruders and take care of the eaglets, so they were removed and sent to the Wildlife Center of Virginia to be raised until they could go out on their own. This center is a working hospital and teaching facility for all wildlife. They went above and beyond and started webcams for viewers to watch their progress as the eaglets grew. As time went on, the Wildlife Center of Virginia was able to install more webcams of a variety of mammals and birds. To watch the progress of the rehabilitation was truly educational, amazing, and exciting. The care that they provide is exceptional from performing surgery, treating wounds, to watching them exercise in preparation for release, to actually watching a release. The Wildlife Center of Virginia conducts open houses for the public on occasion. During these times, you can tour the facility, maybe even catching a treatment being performed on a patient, and also visit the educational critters in the outside enclosures. After I took my first tour, they had my heart and donations. I may not be able to donate much, but I know that it all goes to the care of these beautiful creatures. To see a glimpse of the care, check out their website at www.wildlifecenter.org.
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The Wildlife Center of Virginia won me over with those silly bear cubs. Baby bears climbing trees, swinging in hammocks, chewing on each other’s ears, turning over a plastic igloo and making it a rocking ride, stuffing into dens like clowns in a clown car, playing in the snow. These cubs were mostly orphans who were not old enough to survive in the wild on their own. They were being given a chance by the Wildlife Center of Virginia (WCV).
WCV serves so many different functions for varying audiences. Most obviously, they take care of injured Virginia wildlife, but this is only one piece of their mission. Teaching is their goal: going to schools and events with wildlife ambassadors to teach children, bringing vets and students from around the world to be trained on new techniques for healing wildlife, helping non-profits learn best practices in running their own charities, spreading the word about dangers for wild animals (lead poisoning, litter in the roads, protecting turtles on roadways.)
Another way of connecting people with wildlife is through their Outreach to the online community. Live webcams show the ongoing rehabilitation of different animals (owls, eagles, hawks, beaver, opossum, vultures, and, of course, the bear cubs). WCV brings us into their world though their monthly Hospital Cam where you can actually watch the vets, techs and students treat the patients (baby squirrels and baby bunnies are particularly adorable).
WCV treats its contributors as part of the family. We learn to accept the unhappy endings for some of the animals, but celebrate the amazing releases back to the wild. And seeing bear cubs run free is the prize for being a member of that family.
Wildlife Center of Virginia http://wildlifecenter.org/
Review from #MyGivingStory
I learned about Wildlife Center of Virginia in 2011 when they took in three eaglets whose mother had been killed. These eaglets had been on a webcam and had a large following. WCV worked very hard to set up a webcam for the many viewers of the eaglets in order to watch them grow. This webcam has morphed into a Critter Cam. This provides an amazing window on the recovery of injured wildlife. What I have learned about WCV during the past year is that they are an extraordinarily caring wildlife teaching hospital. Their staff works to save wildlife as diverse as snakes and bears and falcons (and lots of bunnies). They teach the public about wildlife ("don't throw apple cores out the window of your car. Birds will fly down to eat them and get hit by other cars."). And as a teaching hospital, they train new wildlife vets. Any injured animal is lucky if he or she ends up in the qualified hands of the WCV staff.
Review from Guidestar
Every educator endeavors to teach their students using 'real world' activities and through the Wildlife Center of Virginia, I have achieved that goal. My inspiration to support this group came from 26 5th grade students. It started in 2011 when a trio of juvenile bald eagles arrived at WCV. The students at my school had been following them on a live eagle cam and were saddened when they had to be removed from their nest and raised at WCV. My 5th graders wanted to help the eaglets, so with the help of another teacher, we started a 'Penny War'. The students and staff were encouraged to donate their loose change. In two short weeks, we had raised $213.48, which the students were happy to send to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. However, supporting the Wildlife Center of Virginia didn't end with the Penny War or the school year. In the fall, with a new class of 5th graders, we choose to adopt one of the animal ambassadors. During the school year, my students improved their reading, math, and writing through the learning opportunities provided by WCV. They wrote stories, poetry, solved area/perimeter problems and countless word problems, and improved their expository reading ability, all related to wildlife. There were countless science and social studies lessons as well. The students were delighted when their shared projects appeared on WCV's website for others to read. During online classes, with people from WCV, my students in Arizona were able to learn from others, not just 'the teacher'. The enthusiasm my students display continues my support of this organization and has expanded it to where students have made and donated ornaments which were auctioned off to raise money for WCV. My students learn about wildlife, how they can be better stewards of the environment/planet, and how they can teach others the lessons they have learned. I continue to support the Wildlife Center of Virginia as they support me in my journey to teach my students about the 'real world'.
Review from #MyGivingStory
The Wildlife Center of Virginia entered my life last April when 3 young bald eagles arrived on their doorstep, along with their admiring web-cam 'family'. My students and I had been following the eaglets through the web-cam and were devastated when they were removed. Our school became involved through a "Penny War", which raised $213.48 in one week! My 5th grade students and I adopted one of their education ambassadors and through the WCV Critter Cam moderated dicussion, my students have been learning about owls, wildlife, and the careers associated with wildlife rehabilitation. They have also become aware of the wildlife around them in our small community and are becoming pro-active about wildlife. With the guidance, information, and assitance of WCV's Outreach coordinators, I have taken my students beyond the textbook while incorporating and teaching the state standards. I have been able to use this information in reading, writing, math, science, and social studiees. The "Cam in the Classroom" sessions have provided a wealth of information to my students while proving "You're never to old to learn!"
Wildlife Center of Virginia Inspires the Desire to Give Back
How do I begin to convey the message of how important the work is that the Wildlife Center of Virginia (WCV) performs and why I am personally inspired to give back to them as often as I can? Not only healing critters to return to the wild, not only the teaching of the world on how to care for our environment, not only conservation....but the family we have become through WCV’s moderated discussion and watching critter cams. How do I convey that 19 special needs kids feel better about themselves and their extreme medical needs by watching the WCV hospital cams...and as a result they cooperate with their own physical exams? Or that 19 kids dip into their pockets to come up with a $1.00 of their meager allowance to give to WCV because they are so moved by what they see and what they learn, that they want to give back? And these are people that have nothing. How do I describe how one very special person finds emotional healing from seeing the important role that the non-releasable ambassadors play in teaching the world, in spite of their disabilities? And how a person discovers how much they are loved and valued just for who they are. I think maybe I can best tell why we are so inspired to give back through the words of one of our special WCV followers. Some call her Carrie, others call her Izzy. Here is her story:
“I used to believe that the labels that others give us growing up were defining of us for life. It seemed as though there was no way in which to escape them or the stigma they create and that they followed me no matter where I went. You see when people encounter me on any level they are often quick to notice that I walk differently, I shake or twitch without any real warning, and my vision isn’t quite straight or focused. Instantly that starts the conversation of “what is wrong with you” a conversation I’ve had for as long as I can remember. When I tell them I have Cerebral Palsy then a different conversation begins one that often degrades my intellect as they start to connect that label to someone who must have a mental impairment. It’s a frustrating and hurtful cycle that happens all too often and while I used to chalk it up to ignorance or lack of education even that wasn’t enough to push the hurt away.
Many will tell you of the lifesaving work that the Wildlife Center of Virginia does for wildlife, but I want to be the one that tells you they also shape and change the lives of their donors. For you see those things I used to believe and the pain I used to feel isn’t part of my life anymore. I know what you’re wondering, where does the connection come from? Well allow me to introduce you to the concept of Education Ambassadors twenty-four amazing animals who are all non-releasable with differences that make them unable to be released into the wild. Each of these animals comes with a background story, and the circumstances that lead them to have visual impairments, flight difficulty, beak misalignment etc. Yet no one questions “what is wrong with them” and no one suggests even for a second that they are of less worth or value than their wild counterparts.
That is because in my experience what they may lack in one area the ambassadors more than make up for in another. The staff at the wildlife center all recognize this, and you can see it in their handling practices and in the way in which they interact with the ambassadors. The connection created allows the staff to see beyond the difference to the inner light and personality that each ambassador holds, and they are treasured and valued for who they are. The job of these ambassadors is to help promote the centers mission of caring for and about wildlife but I argue they do so much more than that.
When children or adults witness these animals and their differences they are able to see that being different isn’t necessarily a bad thing, or if they themselves have a difference they may as I have come to realize that isn’t what defines you. You are unique and have something to offer to society as a whole if those around you take the time to look beyond what they see. For each ambassador is strong and is capable of inspiring and teaching others in spite of the challenges they face. Moreover if you spend enough time around each of these ambassadors you will start to notice their differences less and less until they are completely overshadowed by all that you have come to love about them.
To put it simply I have become an ambassador in my own life, ever inspired because of the staff and education ambassadors at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. No longer am I defined by the stigma or the labels. I have let my inner qualities shine through and my personality take flight. I never would have seen this side of myself I truly believe without this experience. So when asked why I donate, I can say without hesitation I donate so that others who feel just as lost, just as limited as I did can see they have more to offer than others may have them believe and when they let go of those labels life is truly wild. “
Review from #MyGivingStory
This organization is outstanding in all aspects. Their staff is sincere, forthright, humorous and genuinely believe in and model their mission of teaching the world to care about wildlife and the environment in all they do.
I have learned so much and also have so much fun watching the critter cams at this facility and interacting with a world wide audience through their moderated discussion. I am honored to support them
Healing injured wildlife, and teaching the public about wild animals is the mission of The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Many animals are injured either directly or indirectly by the actions of humans, so I am glad to help restore them to health by supporting The Wildlife Center, both financially and as a volunteer. In addition to rescuing and healing injured animals, the Wildlife Center also works hard, by means of their Education Ambassadors, to teach members of the public, particularly children, how we can live in harmony with all the other animals with which we share this planet.
Review from #MyGivingStory
I have been a Wildlife Center of Virginia donor for many many years, but only realized relatively recently that I could have been volunteering as well! Since I started volunteering, I have learned by personal experience what a fabulous job of teaching the Center does. I knew they cared for injured wildlife of all sorts, but in addition to that they are a teaching hospital with veterinary students from all over the world spending varying amounts of time getting hands on experience with an extraordinary variety of animals, and then going out and sharing their knowledge with others wherever they go. With the relatively recent addition of "Critter Cams" that have created a growing "Critter Nation" with members from as far away as Australia, it is clear that the education part of their mission is exploding!
It all began with an eagle nest. In a botanical garden in Norfolk, VA, a pair of eagles built a nest. For many years they reared their young. In the spring of 2011 they were tending their three chicks. I found the webcam that was on their nest and watched them. Then on April 25th of that year, Mom eagle was struck and killed by a landing plane at the nearby airport. The biologists determined that the dad eagle could not care for the growing eaglets alone. They were removed from the nest and taken to The Wildlife Center of Virginia across the state at Waynesboro. They were followed by thousands of 'surrogate parents' who managed to crash the center's internet as well as a lot of Waynesboro's by trying to log on to check on our babies. Within 24 hours the Center had strung wires through trees to set up a borrowed web camera to stream a view of the eaglets.On the moderated discussion on their web page the staff patiently answered all the worried questions. Above and beyond expectations they welcomed us. Since then I have remained an avid supporter of WCV. I have watched cams and participated in discussions about many different animals. As a teaching wildlife hospital, their work saving and releasing wildlife is superb! Their mission is also to teach us about caring for the environment. After all, our human actions have a great effect on wildlife. I will continue to support the WCV in order to be a small part in helping them do what they are called to do, save wildlife and the environment.
Review from #MyGivingStory
Wildlife Center of Virginia is an absolutely awesome place. They provide top notch veterinary care for Virginia wildlife. Through their web cam I have seen some remarkable healing done there. Not only do they provide this care for critters, they are a teaching hospital, training vets and rehabilitators from around the world. Another of their goals is to educate the public on the care of wildlife and our environment. For the past year they have been better able to reach more people through their web cam and chat that runs along beside it. All in all an outstanding organization!
This organization cares for injured native Virginia wildlife. If an animal can't released into the wild it is given a home and cared for at the center for the remainder of its natural life. The Center also educates people about Virginia wildlife and also all interested parties to attend wildlife releases and view the goings on at the Center through critter cams. When you donate, you are thanked promptly and made to feel like your donation is important, no matter how large or small it is.
This organization tirelessly rehabilitates Virginia wildlife. If an animal is not releasable, it is given lifetime sanctuary and may become an education animal. I like the fact that they educate the public about Virginia wildlife and their habitats. I intend to make at least donation later this year to this organization.
Great organizaton with caring volunteers. They are very responsible with donated money, as they feel that is still the donor's money. The donor has simply entrusted it to the Center. I like that concept. They also have numerous updates on their animals and critter cams, so people can see how the animals are being cared for.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia exemplifies the wonderful work being done with sick and injured wildlife,making it their mission to return these animals back into their home territory.
Teaching Critter Nation, students in the classrooms, and all those watching the Critter Cams is a valuable tool. The Center tells it like it is with openness, honesty, and sincerity, with a little bit of humor thrown in.
Review from Guidestar
This non profit is outstanding and leads others around the world in research and rehabilitation of orphanded or injured animals. They strive to return as many animals as possible back into the wild as they should be. They are a leader of programs adapted around the world and have interns form other countries as well as local to learn and go out and spread their knowledge and wisdom. The employees there are all the best and try to make each individual case patient their top priority and learn from each case.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia probably started out as all wildlife rehab centers did - with a small site staffed by a small number of dedicated and unpaid volunteers working together to save the lives of all wildlife in their area. I have personally worked for a nonprofit organization in the past and have found myself working longer that my old paying job, sneaking money from my own wallet for ...extra expenses, and feeling really fulfilled in doing so. The WCV last year became something special to a lot of people all over the world when they took in the Norfork eaglets after their mother was killed by a airplane nearby. They were pretty big eaglets, but not old enough to fly or fend for themselves. One parent is not enough to feed and take care of 3 eaglets. Little did the WCV know what they were getting into! The following of this family was worldwide through a cam installed at their nest and watched lovingly, watched to learn, and watched to see this family produce another brood of eagles that would soon leave the nest. They soon found out, thought, how much they were appreciated as thousands of people contacted them wanting to know how they were doing, did NV have enough to eat today, were the threesome making progress toward flying, and how and when were they to be set free. It became obvious the best course of action was to set up a cam at the Wildlife Center of Virginia so these answers could not ony be told, but seen. The WCV became famous overnight, and dug deeper in their pockets to bring these eaglets to a web channel for everyone to see. It would be nice to believe that all good work reeps rewards, but we all know that is not true. The rewards came from individuals, from the airline company who took responsibility for killing Mom Norfork and raised money to build and fund new flight pens for these 3 eaglets, and from local companies. I don't believe the Center particularly wanted this publicity, but it did lead to fundraisers and finally $20,000 from the Chase Rare Life Award. With this reward and the increase in size of the Center, they were able to buy better equipment to treat these various animals, to be more successful, to teach more vetinary interns, and the list goes on. With all this new equipment and abilities to treat wildlife, their success rate and reputation rose to the highest limits. They are now, I would say, the pioneer in their field and this increase in education has now made them the "go-to" center for help with difficult cases and more wildlife being saved all over the world. At first they did not want nor ask for this status, but soon learned it gave them more and more to give to the wildlife we share his earth with.
WCV accepts all patients and treats them with the best medical services and with dignity. These patients are also treated irregardless of their ability to "pay." The center does whatever it takes to heal these patients and also has the ultimate goal of returning these wild animals to their homes. I have to say, prior to being aware of the work WCV did, I really did not give much thought to what happened to our wild friends when they were sick or injured. My outlook on the world around me was greatly enlarged because of coming to know the work they do. They were performing this service, long before the arrival of Buddy and then his siblings which brought them into the spotlight for thousands of people around the world. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank them on behalf of their "patients" that don't speak.
The WCV is on my list of places to visit during one of their open houses. I got hooked after watching them care for the 3 Norfolk eaglets last year. Also their care and updates of all kinds of different animals is phenominal. Also, watching them take care of NX again after being struck by a vehicle, is awesome. The falcons, bears, hawks and all the updates on many other animals shows how much they care and love wildlife. They do a wonderful job. Becky
The first time I heard of WCV was when they were given the 3 orphaned eaglets (Mother was killed by an airplane strike) from the Norfolk Botanical Garden’s nest. They went out of their way to accommodate the thousands of viewers by setting up a “Pen Cam” within a few short days so we could continue to watch “our babies” grow and thrive.
Since that time, I have learned of all the wonderful programs they have to teach others – especially school children who will be the future wildlife ambassadors – how to care and love wildlife and respect nature and her many moods.
They don’t just “care” for wildlife and release those they have nursed back to health – they are setting corner-stones for the future survival of wildlife.
I have only learned of WCV from the internet and the eagle cam located at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. However, the staff who educate us on their blog and the most caring, devoted individuals who have dedicated their lives to saving wildlife. The number of lives that have been saved is staggering. Ed Clark, the president of WCV, has gathered the best possible staff to pursue the mission, and their hospital has become world renowned. I believe that in the last year, WCV has helped to create an entire online world of wildlife lovers who care about the environment and are attempting to make the world a better place. They deserve as much recognition and support as they can get. My greatest dream is to someday visit their facility.
I do not support any charity without thoughtful review of their work and sincerity. WCV is A+ in my book - their vet staff appear to be some of the best in their field(s), their rehabbers and trainers are very knowledgable and caring, they have as part of their mission statement to offer education of wildlife medicine/care to professionals and the general public. I support this organization and confidently endorse them to you for your consideration.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia has the MOST thoughtful and caring people alive today. Their deep concern for wildlife is unmatched by any others. The work they have done should receive a 5 star rating. Additional features of the Critter Cam and Cam in the Classroom are the best information avenues out there. I've recommended them to many schools locally and the teachers feedback is amazing. The work the blog moderators do is the best of the best. I just can't say enough good about WCV.
I found this website in April 2011 when the "rock stars" were moved from their nest in NBG to the Wildlife Center. They were in need of much tender lovin' care when Mom Norfolk was killed and it was determined that the male would not be able to take care of them. Over the last plus year, I have visited and donated to this so very important cause. The head of this Center, Ed Clark and his whole staff are such wonderful and careing people. They have taught us and many, many young people the value of nature . The money that they have been given has been put to such great use and has allowed release back into the wild many wonderful animals and most of all, my favorite, THE AMERICAN BALD EAGLE. Please help them to continue their work.
I found this website because of the three eaglets they took in last year. I never knew they existed before then! They are so caring of all the animals they take in from snakes to owls. I hope to volunteer there one day. Amazing, amazing organization.!
I just became a eagle cam viewer this year and was totally impressed with Wildlife Center of Virginia after they stepped in after the tragedy and took the 3 eaglets in. I have been so impressed with work that they do. The education, the outreach, the caring and work that they continue to do on the behalf of the ones that have no voices of there own. I think that the entire staff is so great. I think that this is a great organization.
What I enjoy about this group includes their dedication to all forms of wildlife, their patience in explaining issues to educate people, their ability to advise members of the public about dealing with wildlife problems and that their own state recognizes their accomplishments enough to entrust them with important cases, like the three bald eaglets from the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Unfortunately, at the present time, I am unable to donate as much as I would like to do.
I volunteer at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. I see first hand the amazing work the vets, vet techs and the rehabbers do day in and day out to care for wounded and abandoned wildlife. Many undergrad and grad students from all over the world spend time at WCV to learn "cutting edge" technology on the treatment of the many mammals, birds and reptiles admitted daily to the center. The center also provides a "critter cam". Allowing young children to observe and study animals that may be on their SOL curriculum. This gives the children a visual interaction studying wildlife and the environment. WCV provides on and off site educational programs using their non-releasable animals. The Wildlife Center of Virginia is a non-profit organization that depends primarily upon private donations for its programs and services.
I found out about WCV a year ago. In the last year, I have found this organization to be one of the most astounding places that cares for our injured and sick wildlife from bears to baby squirrels. I have donated to them several times as the need is there to protect our wildlife. WCV has gone over and above to educate the public regarding wildlife and issues surrounding their capabilities to live full lives. They go out to the public with educational animals so that others may know about that animal and learn. They work with classrooms around the countr educating our children about wildlife, which I find to be immeasurable. This organization is the most wonderful place and deserves recognition for all it has done and will continue to do.
I don’t live in Virginia. I’ve never been east of Illinois, but I love this place. All they do for wildlife is wonderful and inspiring. They also educate, showing compassion for all life and respect for cultures and understanding to those who may not know better about taking care of wildlife and what what’s best for them. I’ve always thought I knew a lot, but I’ve learned so much from watching their cam, reading their blog of very well informed, fun and good natured moderators including a lot of the staff at WCV, mostly Ed Clark who through humor has educated and informed so many of what is important for both the public and wildlife. I did get to know them by watching the eagle nest in Virginia, and the sad news of the mother eagle being killed, but through that tragedy a wonderful facility became famous and now gets lots of well-deserved attention. Now they can show the hard work they do saving many animals that would die, many due to man (lead, hit by cars, etc). They are a wonderful example of man saving nature.
I've been watching since the Center took in the eaglets from the Norfolk Botanical Garden. They help so many wild animals and return them to the wild when possible . Their dedication to wild life is superb. The cams that they have set up are helping our school children get "up close " to nature. Children are the future and wild life needs all the help it can get in the years to come.
I found the Wildlife Center in 2011 when the 3 eaglets came to live there to be taken care of until they could be released. What an amazing story that was to watch everyday and learn from the chat how they were progressing. The professionals that work at the center and the knowledge they are sharing with everyone around the US and other countries has really helped me learn so much more about wildlife of all kinds. I am so happy to have found WCV and hope to visit some day soon.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia is the premier wildlife rehabilitation and training hospital in the country! They provide top notch medical and rehabbing services to more than 55,000 wild animals including 200 species of native birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians
They have shared the lessons learned from these cases with some 1.4 million school-children and adults across Virginia and the world.
WVC has trained a corps of wildlife medicine practitioners, including veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and volunteer wildlife rehabilitators. Those who have benefited from the professional training programs offered by the Center may now be found on the cutting-edge of wildlife veterinary medicine around the world.
In 2007, the Wildlife Center received the National Conservation Achievement Award as the Conservation Organization of the Year from the National Wildlife Federation.
Review from Guidestar
I have been following the Wildlife Center of Virginia for the past year, and now I can't let a day go by without checking in to see how the featured creature is doing. Along the way, I have learned so much and felt so welcome. They supply you with status reports of different patients. They have an "adopt a critter" program where you can follow the care of an educational animal of your choice. They have a moderated blog, where they distribute all kinds of information and answer all kinds of questions. The care of wildlife is a subject that I feel passionate about and this is an organization that remains close to my heart.
You can see and hear the enthusiam in the way the people of WCV feel about this organization. They are never too busy to answer a question and the same question over and over again. Right now Dr. Dave is helping with the Richmond eaglets whose parents seem too have given up feeding them. Many laughs and tears reading their blog.
Where does one begin.....I discovered WCV through the rockstars. What a journey, one that the staff have embraced with gust and great planning, they have kept us a worldwide audience in the palm of their hands, through their love for wildlife and embracing the thousands of people who discovered them through the rockstars they have changed the way people view wildlife, they are educational, always ready to answer questions and more specifically TEACH us, this will have an impact on wildlife for generations to come worldwide, I am learning about animals I have never seen, their repoire with people from all over the world is outstanding, they take the time to talk to everyone not just people who will benefit them financially, they feel like family and I so very glad to have been a part in raising funds through voting to ensure that wildlife is given the best opportunity there is. They are all AWESOME
The WCV is a wonderful non profit organization. These people are trained and very knowledgeable about what they are doing and how they handle things. I have learned a great deal through watching the Critter Cam. They are very educating about wildlife.When they took in the Norfolk Botanical Gardens trio they had a pretty good idea what they were in for with the thousands of followers. They were so good with us and worked us through the whole process of what would be happening with our trio of Eaglets. Since this people still support them in anyway they can. They are very fantastic group of professionals.. We as followers love them dearly.
I can not say enough about such dedicated and wonderful people. I have learned so much about wildlife, how to handle a computer when having problems and just enjoying everyone. I wish I could personally meet each and everyone. My dream someday is to visit the center. The care and understanding everyone has of people and wildlife. You are all wonderful in my book. I feel honored to be able to get on the site everyday. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to working and caring for all the wild life you have saved, and released.
WCV are a very deserving organization for the wild life in their area. They also have been teaching the world, who are watching, about wildlife's needs and how to be better in our dealings with them in the wild. They are the best!!!
I feel that WCV does an outstanding job with wildlife
The Wildlife Center of Virginia is amazing. I came across their website over a year ago. This Center is so caring and so informative. I have learned so much more that I ever expected to just by watching a webcam. They have answered all questions that have been asked, in a professional and courteous manner. Because of this center I try to tell to inform my friends and family the importance of our wildlife and what to do should they come across an injured animal. The Wildlife Center of Virginia is the best !
The WCV is an amazing group of talented and dedicated people whose actions have saved thousands of wild animals and educated countless numbers of children and adults. The world is a better place for animals and people thanks to the Wildlife Center of Viriginia.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia, also known as WCV, is a phenomenal, caring, educational animal hospital known throughout the world for its expertize and willingness to cater to the wild animal/bird kingdom, and its human followers. A hugely worthy organization. I have learned so very much about our creatures sharing this earth with us, and use the knowledge in my daily life in so many different ways in hope of making life better.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia provides medical care for all wildlife and provide training for future veterinarians. Their goal is to mend hurt/damaged/sick animals and release them back into the wild. Last year they saved 3 eagle chicks whose mother was killed by an airplane. Their live web cams are watched by thousands all over the country. This is a wonderful organization and deserves all the support that can be provided.
The wildlife center is a fantastic resource, not only do they serve the medical needs of wildlife, they educate the public.
Review from Guidestar
I won’t write about how we came to hear of the Wildlife Center of Virginia (WCV), since you have gotten countless reviews on our beloved Mama Norfolk Eagle’s death in April 2011 and how her 3 eaglets were taken to WCV to grow and fly free. I want to talk about what has happened since then. The main word that keeps coming to mind is a simple one: LOVE. The entire staff of WCV, from top to bottom, extends love, not only to every injured or sick animal that comes their way, but to those thousands of us who have learned to love wildlife as a direct result of being part of their “Critter Cam” and moderated blog. That love has flowed down to each one of us so that now we are an online “family.” A group of us in Texas (TEN—Texas Eagle Nation) were so inspired by the folks at WCV, that when one of our beloved eaglets was hit by a car and returned to WCV for care, we designed t-shirts as a fundraiser so that the funds would go directly to the center to help in her care. We came together from different parts of Texas and had an absolute blast working on this project (we sold over 1200 t-shirts by the way!). We are now lifelong friends and it is a direct result of the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s inspiration in our lives. They do EVERYTHING with great love and joy….it is so obvious the staff loves their jobs, love each other (which is rare in most workplaces), love the animals in their care and most importantly, love releasing those animals back into the wild once they have done their job of healing and rehabbing them. They are inspiring people of all ages through their creative use of social media to learn about and care for all of God’s wonderful creatures, and we are forever grateful.
I started watching the WCV cam when the Norfolk eaglets arrived after their mother was killed by an airplane. I now watch everyday and have learned so much about wildlife, their care and how each one of us can help. Ths staff is wonderful and have made the center the best in this country. I now know how important is the way we live our lives . Our foolishness does hurt wildlife and the Center is the reason I now live my life more wildlife friendly.
In less than one year, I have learned more from the staff and volunteers at Wildlife Center of Virginia about practical ways to respect native wildlife than I can reiterate. I have learned to not throw out apple cores onto roadways and have assimilated other legal and factually-based perspectives regarding the environment and its creatures through the integrity of WCV. Just when it seems my learning is sated, WVC shares more from their wealth of expertise.
WCV is the most remarkable site I have ever been on. The entire staff is so professional, caring, and is also very in tune with their fans. Not enough can be said about WCV, they are just #1 in my book and I am sure in a lot of other books too.
Up until I heard of the WCV last April, I didn't really give deep thought to the birds I see soaring in the air or to possums hit on the road or to even recycling in general. Sure, I'd see the birds in the sky but didn't really care what they were, how they ate, etc. They were living in "their" world and I was living in "my" world. Boy did my thoughts change when WCV rehabbed 3 orphaned eaglets and I would tune into their cam and online blog daily. I can now identify the different birds in the sky and wonder if they have a nest nearby or know they are probably in the area because of food or maybe even migrating. I've become a member of a local non-profit and now enjoy climbing the moutain to watch the various raptors migrate. I've also learned something as simple as NOT to throw an apple core out the car window even though in my eyes, "it is biodegradable". This apple core will draw a mouse onto the road which in turn may draw a hawk or an owl onto the road where their lives are put in danger. I've also learned not to feed bread to ducks and other birds. The bread is just empty calories to them and can cause devastating bone diseases. I've learned that just the smallest amount of lead ingested by raptors can cause lead poisoning and lead to death in a short time. I've also become the recycling monster at home. I now recycle cans, jars, jugs, cardboard, newspapers, plastic bags and anything else that I can find another purpose for other than throwing it in the trash. The education that I've gotten from the WCV has made me a better person to wildlife and the Earth. This valuable education will be passed on to my daughters. If only everyone could learn half as much as what I've learned from the WCV, nature and wildlife would be better off tenfold!
The Wildlife Center of Virginia entered my life last April 2011 when they welcomed the three eaglets from NBG and nurtured them so they could be released back to the wild. My life has been changed; my outlook on wildlife has been expanded and I know I'm a better person because of it. They do such amazing work for any animal that happens to come their way needing help. I've learned so much and have shared my knowledge with anyone who will listen (and sometimes even with those who don't!) It's been a wonderful educational experience; one that I know will continue. I am so grateful for this whole experience. I can't imagine my day not starting without checking in with the WCV.
This is one of the very few non-profit organizations to which I donate because of both its mission and its caring. The educational benefits are tremendous and the work they perform far exceeds expectations. It is a most worth cause.
Wildlife Center of Virginia, one of my favorite non-profit organizations. Dedicated staff and personnel have outstanding job of teaching the general public about wildlife, the good side as well as the sad but true side. I am truely proud of my association with WCV and will continue my support.
I became aware of the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 27, 2011 after the mother eagle at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens was killed by a plane and her three eaglets were removed from the nest and taken to WCV. From day one, the staff at WCV went above and beyond to help everyone understand why the eaglets were removed from the nest and what WCV were doing for them. They built a nest for the eagles and within a few days had a live video cam and moderated chat up and running. They answered many questions and handled criticism with professionalism and compassion. They continually provided updates on the eaglets. Since the eaglets' release, WCV has featured other animals on the critter cam. They provide "Cam in the Classroom" sessions for school children as well as community education programs featuring their education ambassador animals. WCV is honest. They don't share just the "happy" outcomes; they explain why an animal can't be released or has to be euthanized. I have learned so much from WCV and am now more aware of what impact my actions have on wildlife and the environment. I respect and admire each staff member and volunteer at the Wildlife Center of Virginia for their care of all wildlife, great and small.
I became aware of the amazing Wildlife Center of Virginia last year when the orphaned eagles were transferred there from the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. The WCV took in the eagles, promptly provided live web-cam coverage of their care and a moderated blog to provide "blow-by-blow" coverage of their care and progress. They expanded this web cam to cover other patients and now reach thousands of people around the world with an informative and vastly entertaining education on environmental awareness and wildlife, appealing to fans of all ages. This organization has been an expert on wildlife for many years, training veterinarians and interns from around the world. It is one of the most well-managed and innovative nonprofits I have ever seen, with an openness and accountability for funds received that is rare, with low administrative and fundraising costs. Ed Clark travels throughout the United States and the world providing his expertise wherever needed. The staff has been tireless in welcoming visitors to their facility (I took my granddaughter to an Open House last year - she loved it, too!), keeping us "in the loop" about all the patients, and responding to donations with personal letters of appreciation. All this is done with great good humor, friendliness, and kindness - it's a remarkable place!
I feel like that so much has already been said about the Virginia Wildlife Center but I do agree that the thing which impressed me the most was how they will care for even the most "common" animal whether it be a mouse, skunk, oppossum and many others that many people would feel to be a waste of time, effort and money. All creatures are here for a reason and I am glad that they will try to help them regardless of whether they are "classy" or not. They have shown the greatest "restraint" putting up with the EN's that followed the Norfold eagles when they went under their care. I feel that all of the employees try their very best to keep us "happy" when they have so much more to do at the Center. It has been a pleasure to donate to the Center and help them out how ever I can. I think by just the shear volumn of what we as a group have done with the Chase contest shows how much we all care about their work.
WCV is simply amazing. I don't live anywhere near Virginia, but I donate to them because the work they do impacts the entire country. They save the lives not only of the "sexy" animals like eagles and black bears, but also of critters as small and simple as field mice, blue birds, and box turtles--and each is as important as the other. They have top-class veterinarians and rehabbers, and have recently done a major upgrade to their facilities, enabling them to help even more animals and to do an even better job. They also do a great job of outreach, bringing wild animals into the homes of everyone via their "Critter Cam" program. What a wonderful group of people! :-)
Review from Guidestar
I have been a donor since 2011. I am impressed with the care and attention to the various species of wildlife cared for at WCV. In most cases this care does lead to successful release. There have been instances where the outcome was sad and the animal was euthanized. However, these instances were few, and not made lightly. WCV staff still care where they cannot cure. The animal was given attention and cared for rather than left to nature's oftentimes unkind role in its demise. This is the true humanity and professionalism so visible at the WCV
I continue to be impressed with the training of students and on-site volunteers – the future generations of wildlife health care professionals. I am pleased with the feedback regarding the usefulness of my contributions. I am gratified that my donations foster the mission of the WCV hospital, the staff and of course the residents. Respectfully Kathryn Lewis
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This place does the most amazing work caring for wildlife. It does not matter what kind of critter it is. If it's hurt, they will heal, rehab and release it. It is people like this that gives us all hope for the future.
It is truly difficult to capture in words the impact the Wildlife Center of Virginia has, as each day adds another piece to a truly compelling puzzle held together by the compassion, care, dedication and outreach that the center provides for and on behalf of wildlife.
Perhaps what I have embraced the most about the center is recognizing that what they are providing is more than an opportunity to witness things via the internet and from home. It's about always having an open and willing mind that is receptive of the lessons they are trying to instill every day. Whether it be the dangers of lead being used in ammunition, the damage that is done when an animal becomes too comfortable with human contact, or how an action so small as tossing an apple core from a car window, can place the life of an animal in jeopardy.
Moreover it is the foundation upon which individuals can choose to become involved with and incorporate wildlife into their own lives. To that end it is because of the staff at Wildlife Center of Virginia that I have set my education goals towards becoming a communicator and advocate for wildlife. I want to make a difference and to ensure that wildlife which exists today is able to thrive and be protected for many years to come. As well as ensure that the lessons I’ve learned continue to be shared with new audiences. Thus far the pursuit of this has been fostered by the Wildlife Center of Virginia through continued support with my studies while at university, be it help with my course work, expanding on materials or granting an alternative perspective. They have also helped me to make connections within my own community which have allowed for hands on volunteer experience, and a network of opportunities opening that I never thought possible.
Each day it is a sincere privilege to be a part of the online audience which is benefiting from the education and outreach the Wildlife Center of Virginia provides. It is a pleasure to write this review on their behalf as the difference they continue to make in my life is truly extraordinary.
WCV is a wonderful teaching hospital for wildlife. They are a non-profit and rely on donations to continue the great work they do. Everyone at this center are devoted to wildlife They have an amazing out-reach program to teach young and old about wildlife and the challenges they face. From their moderated chat, on-site cams, cam in the classrooms and off-site teaching and training - WCV does a great job bringing attention to wildlife to many!
If you want to find a group of people that goes above and beyond the average organization, The Wildlife Center of Virginia is the one! They are a "force of nature" that totally lives up to their motto of "teaching others to care for and about the environment". Last year the total of injured, ailing, or orphaned animals was 2,644. In the midst of all of this they offer an educational, web-based outreach for numerous schools and the general public around the world. Their staff if not only dedicated, but they give of themselves in a very personal and humorous manner on the moderated discussion. If you "tune in" to the discussion, you too can quickly become addicted to the lively education you can receive.
I have known about the Wildlife Center of Virginia and the wonderful work they do for over 20 years, since I took a screech owl to them for treatment. The people are passionate, dedicated and well trained. I've been to a couple of their open houses and they are fun and very informative. I wish I could afford to contribute more to their extremely worthy cause.
I became acquainted with WCV in 2011 when three eaglets lost their mother and were moved to the Center to ensure their survival as it would have been extremely difficult for the father eagle to feed and care for these eaglets by himself. The center raised these eaglets until they were released back into the wild last year. During the process of following the progress of the eaglets, I have have found myself learing so much - not only about eagles, but all wildlife. This organization and its staff are totally devoted to the care and well being of all wildlife and to educating the public on issues effecting wildlife. To see these animals under treatment at the center recover and go back to the life they are supposed to live in the wild is so rewarding.
WCV cares for sick and injured animals in a humane and professional way. But more than that they educate us through the use of their cams about wildlife and ecology. They use connections to schools to educate children as well as the adults who watch. The community of viewers is very supportive of each other and will spread the message of wildlife care everywhere. Very enjoyable and very educational at the same time. I really appreciate them.