Posts Tagged Wildlife

Mystery bird prepares to migrate

This nestling arrived at the Wildlife Center of Virginia July 9th. (Credit: Wildlife Center of Virginia)

It’s migration season for hawks and other raptors, and thousands will be passing through the Rockfish Gap in Virginia – among them a small bird that mystified the experts here.  Sandy Hausman reports on why this creature caused confusion and where he’ll be headed next.

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Virginia Aquarium expecting endangered crocodile eggs to hatch this summer

A tomistoma eyes the camera. (Credit: Virginia Aquarium / Wendy Nelson)

Staff at the Virginia Aquarium are keeping a watchful eye on over a dozen white eggs expected to hatch this summer.

It will be cause for celebration since they were laid by an animal that’s threatened worldwide, but the rest of us might feel a little nervous as 14 baby tomistomas arrive. Sandy Hausman has that story.


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PEC working to save Virginia’s grassland birds

Savannah sparrows and other grassland birds have declined dramatically in Virginia. (Credit: October Greenfield)

It’s nesting season for many songbirds including those that live on farmland. 

As Sandy Hausman reports, the population of grassland birds has fallen dramatically in Virginia, and a coalition is hoping to bring them back.

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Wildlife Academy to Instruct the Public


Director Ed Clark hopes to train thousands of people in how to care for injured animals.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has trained thousands of people over the years at its high-tech veterinary clinic in Waynesboro, and now the center is branching out – offering to train animal lovers around the world. Sandy Hausman has details.


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Spotting Eagles: Counting Along the Rappahannock


Bill Crouch (right) and Bill Portlock (left) out on the river counting bald eagles. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Bald eagles are a more common sight in Virginia, but a decade after being de-listed as endangered, biologists are still keeping a close watch on their numbers and on new threats.

In January, Pamela D’Angelo went on one of several mid-winter eagle counts, this one a 35 mile route along on the Rappahannock River where 192 eagles were logged.


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