March 9, 2017
Welcome to the 2017 National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (NWRA) Symposium!
This week the 2017 NWRA Symposium is being held in Williamsburg, VA. The Wildlife Center is the host committee this year, so most of the staff, students, and volunteers are running around, both here at the Center and at the conference site in Williamsburg. Several staff members are speaking at the conference, and many are attending classes or workshops. The conference is held at the Great Wolf Lodge, and one of the perks of the hotel includes animal ears at check-in. Below is volunteer Shelly in her ears! We'll check in on social media with any fun updates from the symposium!

Friends from Across the Continent
One of the Center's duties as host committee for the NWRA symposium was to offer tours to conference attendees. Professionals in the fields of wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife medicine, and environmental education attend the conference each year. Some people traveled very far to be here -- we already met two people from Alaska!  The Wildlife Center hosted 70 of the attendees on Tuesday, touring them through our hospital, education animal area, and some of our patient enclosures. Dr. Ernesto talked to visitors about the bear complex, and Brie talked about the turtle pens and aviary complex. Here they are in between tour groups.

Other than being busy with responsibilities at the symposium, the Wildlife Center is still caring for 88 patients. So far this year, we've admitted 214 patients! Many people think of Robins as the "harbingers of spring". While we haven't admitted any yet this year, we have seen a few around the Center! You can sponsor Robin patients (or Bunny patients) through the Center's Caring for Critters program.

The education animal team has it easy this week while the staff is busy.
The animals did greet visitors on Tuesday as they toured through the Center. Here Buttercup says hello to one of our guests.

Bear Cam has been on the fritz (we hope to work on a solution next week!), so you may find yourself tuning in for Maggie Cam or Buttercup Cam instead this week.
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