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October 20, 2017
 
Owl Released!
On the evening of October 17, the Wildlife Center released Great Horned Owlet #17-0363 at James Madison's Montpelier. Dr. Ernesto had the honor of releasing the bird back to the wild, alongside a few Center staff members and a crowd of roughly 75 people. Amanda Nicholson, director of outreach, said the owl flew off beautifully, down a hill and out of sight. As he made his way into the treeline, a Red-tailed Hawk started screaming!


Photo Credit: Debi Watson
 
Bobcat Surgery
Earlier this week, Dr. Ernesto performed surgery on Bobcat #17-2495 to repair a fractured right femur. The bobcat is recovering in the hospital and will likely be a patient at the hospital for several months.
 
New Certificates to Hang on the Wall
Dr. Ernesto Dominguez, hospital director, and Brie Hashem, wildlife rehabilitator, both recently passed the test to become Certified Wildlife Rehabilitators through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. The test is known to be quite challenging, so we're proud of these two!



Welcome, Kelsey and Jaclyn!
This month, two new staff members joined our team! Kelsey Pleasants is our new wildlife rehabilitator. Kelsey was a rehabilitation intern at the Wildlife Center in 2013-14, and then spent several years working in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in southwest Florida. Welcome back, Kelsey!
 
 
Jaclyn Neri joins us as our new licensed veterinary technician and part-time wildlife rehabilitator. Jaclyn worked at a small-animal clinic in Colorado before coming to the Wildlife Center.
 
We hope you'll join us in welcoming them on board. Kelsey and Jaclyn will both spend some time on the moderated discussion next Tuesday, October 24 -- keep an eye on our website and social media for more details.

Environmental Literacy Project
In September, sixth graders Gillian Matherly (daughter of fundraising coordinator Kelly Matherly) and Anne Marie Hartzler visited the Wildlife Center to interview staff for their Honors English class projects. The projects focused on environmental literacy and conservation -- exploring the local and global impact humans have on the environment and identifying what we can all do to be better stewards. The girls collected information on endangered species, litter, and habitat loss. They happened to visit the Center on the day Common Snapping Turtle #17-2211 had surgery, so they included information about fishing gear litter. Both students just found out that they aced their projects!
 

Gillian (L) and Anne Marie pose with their graded projects.

 
 
Ed Clark Presents at “El Festival de las Aves" in Colombia
Earlier this month, Wildlife Center president Ed Clark was invited to participate in “El Festival de las Aves” (The Festival of Birds) in Medellin, Colombia.  The festival is one of the largest celebrations of nature that takes place in Latin America each year.   Ed shared the story of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, and how the Center uses the care of individual wild animals to gain insights and information about problems facing all wild populations.  You can read more about Ed's trip in his recent blog post.
 
A view from the Diez Hotel, in the Poblado neighborhood of Medellin, Colombia.

 
Did you know that the Wildlife Center offers Academic Caring for Critters sponsorships? Teachers can "adopt" one of the education animals for their class each year at a reduced rate -- a sponsorship packet includes a personalized certificate, a photo, and periodic updates about the animal. So far this year, some of the animals sponsored by classrooms include Edie the American Kestrel, Quinn and Papa G'Ho the Great Horned Owls, Greenbean the Rough Greensnake, Emma the Russian Tortoise, and Gus the Barred Owl!
 
 
 
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