Wildlife

Wildlife Center of Virginia
4:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Waynesboro's Busiest Restaurant & Hotel

Virginia offers a range of hotels and restaurants that cater to summer travelers, but none quite like the one in Waynesboro where about 3,000 guests came to stay last year. 

Squirrels and possums, raccoons and deer, birds and bears spent time at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, getting medical treatment and training for a return to the wild.

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Wildlife Center of Virginia
1:45 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Taking Care of Virginia's Stray and Injured Bears

Credit Wildlife Center of Virginia

Virginia’s human population is growing – and so is the number of black bears in the state.  That sometimes means trouble, but the Wildlife Center of Virginia is working to ensure that things don’t end badly for either species. 

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has long cared for injured birds, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and possums, but last year President Ed Clark decided to get into the bear business.

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Roaming Free
2:07 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Elk Restoration in Southwest Virginia

  Wildlife officials will introduce more elk to far Southwestern Virginia later this week to help re-establish a herd there.   Elk were a popular attraction in far Southwestern Virginia during the early 1800s but they were hunted into extinction by the time of the Civil War.  The restoration effort to bring elk back is entering its third and final year.  In 2012, 16 Rocky Mountain elk were brought over from Kentucky to a 12 hundred 50 square mile preserve spanning Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise Counties.  Ten arrived last year.

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Chesapeake Bay Tracking Program
3:59 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Meet the Osprey

Credit Chesapeake Bay Foundation

One sign of spring is the return of ospreys from their winter grounds in South America to their home on the Chesapeake Bay.  Some of the birds are now on their way to Virginia.

The 2,200 mile trip takes about two weeks for the osprey, also called fish hawks.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been tracking four birds for nearly a year-since they last arrived on the Bay.  Spokesman John Rodenhausen says Woody and Nick are already on their way back; the other two birds have yet to begin their trip.

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A Lifestyle, Not a Hobby
5:17 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Hunting with Hawks

Deer hunting season in Virginia has passed, but there’s another season underway – one that involves a powerful living weapon.

Kevin Markey stands near a cluster of trees in rural Crozet with an eye-catching creature perched on his hand.  Puka is a 5-year-old Harris hawk – two pounds of brown, white and rust feathers, beak, bones, talons – and a persistent call that just won’t quit.

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