February 10, 2017
Can You See Me Now?
 Wildlife rehabilitator Brie ordered some new clothes this week. Her fashionable camo attire will help the Wildlife Center staff and students while they are feeding young raptors. Baby birds imprint on their caregivers and identify with that species for life; it's important that humans disguise their faces while feeding young birds. Brie demonstrated the new outfit for us (and her "baby owl"). Baby raptor season could start this month-- the first baby raptors we admit this year would likely be Great Horned Owlets.

Dr. Kelli is in Florida
This week, Assistant Veterinary Director Dr. Kelli is in Florida teaching a class at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in Miami, FL.

Saying Good-bye to Dr. Dave
Dr. Dave McRuer, the Center's Director of Veterinary Services, is saying good-bye this week after spending more than 10 years at the Wildlife Center. Dr. Dave and his family are returning to their home country - Canada! We'll miss you, Dr. Dave.

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It's Spa Week at the Wildlife Center
On Thursday, February 9, temperatures dipped below freezing in the Shenandoah Valley. Despite the cold, Peregrine Falcon patient #16-2474 took a dip in his outdoor tub! The veterinary staff brought the bird inside for a quick blow dry to dry his feathers and warm him before heading back outside.
Carolina Wren
A Carolina Wren from Waynesboro was admitted on January 20 after being stuck in a glue trap. The rescuers removed the bird from the glue trap, but sticky glue remained on the bird's feathers and the small wren could not fly. The rehabilitation staff had to gently bathe the wren to remove the glue. The wren is now recovering in the Center's outdoor aviary. This patient is a great example of why glue traps are dangerous for wildlife.

Two of our education animals are celebrating anniversaries this month. Ruby the Red-tailed Hawk and Malcolm the Cornsnake both arrived at the Wildlife Center in February 2010. 

Happy Valentine's Day from Wilson the Eastern Box Turtle!
We made some critter-themed Valentine's Day e-cards for you; pick your favorite and send it to someone special!

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