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.
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!
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! :-)
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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.
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 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.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia has done a wonderful job of fulfilling it's mission over the year I have been a part of their wonderful community. Through their web cams and moderated discussion, they have taught people from throughout the US and the world about caring for wildlife. Their willingness to share their experience with other groups and organizations is a big part of what makes them such a great nonprofit. I know I care even more for the creatures around me thanks to the WCV.
Without a doubt, the Wildlife Center of Virginia has more than fulfilled its goal of educating the public about wildlife and has developed a world-wide following of thousands of people, including many classrooms that use the webcams as teaching tools to encourage future generations to be stewards of our environment. Their leadership in teaching the public how to care for our world has undoubtedly made a huge impact on the "green" movement and their effect will be felt for years to come. Each person that watches the webcams, or reads the discussions, or asks a question on the blog, or attends an open house, or adopts a critter is one more person that is not only more aware of our fragile environment, but will go out and teach others to be aware also. I don't think the people at the Wildlife Center have fully realized what an impact they have had, especially in this last year.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia has personally taught me how to examine the way I interact with wildlife in order to preserve and protect it. Perfect example is founder Ed Clark's apple core lesson. I never thought that throwing an apple core or banana peel out of the car window was like baiting an animal to the side of the road with great potential to be injured or killed. Now I share this lesson with as many people as I can. WCV cares for the littlest animals such as snakes, frogs and turtles, to the biggest - bears, deer and eagles - with the same care and concern. Their expertise is shared throughout the country in order to assist other organizations with the same mission. I recently had an opportunity to visit WCV and see behind the scenes. It is an amazing facility! Any injured animal should be so lucky to be treated there and by the devoted staff.
The amazing staff at the Wildlife Center of Virginia not only cares for, rehabilitates and releases rescued wildlife they also provide extensive opportunities for learning to both children and interested adults. My entire family and extended family have learned much about wildlife as a result of exposure to their online information resources. This institution is nothing short of one class act.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia is a wonderful place to take injured animals and to visit on open house days. Most animals that are received are healed and released. This organization has given me a new perspective on wildlife! Love it.
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The Wildlife Center of Virginia is a Non Profit featuring caring for Wildlife, a teaching hospital for future Veterinarians not only in USA but from other countries as well, and provides global education/training. Not only does WCV provide care, they present a Mission statement, offer classes for volunteers, work with schools (all grades), take Educational wildlife to public programs and go to the "nth" degree to maintain the "wild" in wildlife. Nothing is hidden-everything WCV is up front, you can ask questions to which they will answer. Open Houses are provided as well as live "critter cams", history of a patient, facebook, events, chats, etc. WCV is a "team" which is dedicated, caring, and resourceful. I have followed WCV and donated-they always follow up as to how your donation is used or you can specify. They update constantly, "go green" and provide feedback. I have recommended them and folks who have followed up are equally as amazed resulting in additional support and donations. WCV has a solid foundation, continues to build, has the ability to laugh but to be strong in times when injuries to a "critter" might be bleak. The future for wildlife is in good hands at WCV.
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IT would be hard to find a place as caring and conservative as the Wildlife Center of Virginia, in Waynesboro, VA. I have visited twice and found them to be among the most highly "green" organizations I have had the pleasure of seeing. They use green materials whenever possible, CAREFULLY monitor use of supplies, yet do what is necessary to care for the "critters" brought to them for rehab. Nothing is wasted at the Center - they even recycle toilet roll and paper towel roll cardboards!
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