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!
The WCV has strengthened my knowledge of the importance of caring for wildlife through continued efforts of caring for the earth's environment. Through their blog site and informative information they release, I have become a better informed citizen of the dire effects of pollution not only on human life but on wildlife who often suffer the conseequences of the poor choices we as humans make. I have also been impressed by the time and efforts they have made to help children in classrooms to become better environmentalists through their education programs.
Review from Guidestar
In addition to being one of the premier wildlife hospitals in the world, the Wildlife Center of Virginia is also teaching the general public, and school children in particular, to care about wildlife and how just some simple changes in things we do can have a positive effect for wildlife. Their "cam in the classroom" project is a huge success and will have a great impact on kids and how they think about not only wildlife in particular, but also the world around them. In the past year, I have learned about so many different animals and have gained a whole new appreciation for even spiders and snakes! The Wildlife Center of Virginia is responsible for this and many other wonderful experiences for so many of us.
We run a group home for 19 special needs children and one of the highlights of their day is watching the Wildlife Center of Virginia's live Critter Cam, which features various and different wildlife species in rehabilitation for eventual release back into their native habitat. There is also associated with this cam a wonderful moderated blog which features patient backgrounds, classroom participation, interviews with staff, interaction with others worldwide who care for our world and the wildlife which inhabit it. This remarkable organization has taught our children to care for our environment and those species which live together in it more than any other source, and has given them hope for the future. No greater good can be asked for a green world.
Review from Guidestar
The Wildlife Center of Virginia is a hospital for native wildlife and is teaching the world to care about and to care for wildlife and the environment. The Center was established in 1982 and since that time has treated more than 55,000 wild animals, representing 200 species of native birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. In 2011 alone they treated 2,644 patients. The Wildlife Center of Virginia trains wildlife medicine practitioners, including veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and volunteer wildlife rehabilitators. These individuals are now on the cutting-edge of wildlife veterinary medicine around the world. In 2007 the Wildlife Center was the receipent of the National Conservation Achievement Award as the Conservation Organization of the Year from the National Wildlife Federation. The Wildlife Center of Virginia, through their moderated blog, have shared messages of wildlife conservation and environmental awareness with tens of thousands of individuals across the United States, Canada, and around the world.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia is one of the leading wildlife rehabilitation centers in the country. They are a role model for many other rehab centers, even in other countries. They take in thousands of animals each year that have been injured or orphaned at a young age. They have educational programs for classes and the general public. I became involved in donating to them when they received 3 bald eaglets last year who had lost their mother due to a plane hitting her. They put cams in the enclosure where the eaglets were so that the public, who had been watching this eaglets since they were hatched at Norfolk Botanical Gardens, could watch their progress and their eventual release. It is a wonderful teaching hospital and rehab center!
Review from Guidestar