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.
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 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.
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.