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The Hidden Dangers and Effects of Feeding Wildlife

The Hidden Dangers and Effects of Feeding Wildlife

The Hidden Dangers and Effects of Feeding Wildlife: A Call for Responsible Interaction The allure of engaging with wildlife is tempting to many. Most people who feed wildlife think they are helping out, but in reality, they could be harming the very animals they love....

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How To Safely Get Rid of Wildlife in Your Attic

How To Safely Get Rid of Wildlife in Your Attic

Discovering wild animals making a home in your attic can be startling, but it's crucial to handle the situation with care, especially if there are babies involved. Whether it's raccoons, squirrels, bats, or other critters, evicting them from your attic can be done...

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Helping to Re-Nest Chimney Swifts

Helping to Re-Nest Chimney Swifts

If you don’t have a chimney, you may not have noticed our acrobatic avian visitors, the chimney swift. These birds, often described as a cigar with wings, spend most of their lives in motion, eating and drinking on the wing. Individuals can fly up to 500 miles each...

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Does this Bird Need Help?

Does this Bird Need Help?

We all know that spring brings baby birds, and they are one of the most common baby animals people find. Before you try to rescue one, you should first identify whether it is a nestling or fledgling. This difference doesn't just concern the bird’s age and appearance,...

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Help Highway Hawks this Winter

Help Highway Hawks this Winter

When you’re driving on the highway this winter, don’t forget to look up (only if you’re a passenger, of course!) Chances are you will see at least one hawk perched above the highway, deadly still and hyper focused. Of Virginia’s seven different types of hawks, the...

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The Lucky Bald Eagle of Alexandria

The Lucky Bald Eagle of Alexandria

On a summer day in June 2023, Morgan Jones was enjoying watching the wildlife from his back deck in Alexandria, Va., which is in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County. He’d grown accustomed to seeing a pair of bald eagles as they raised their chicks in a nest along...

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Netting is Dangerous to Wildlife

Netting is Dangerous to Wildlife

Netting, often used for various purposes such as fishing, sports, or gardening, has become a serious threat to wildlife. While nets serve many human needs, their consequences on the environment and animal life are often overlooked. One of the primary dangers...

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Squirrel Story

Squirrel Story

‘Twas a month before Christmas, and there on the ground Was a small baby squirrel, and good thing he was found! In mid-November, a good Samaritan in Alexandria, VA spotted a very young eastern gray squirrel, maybe only a week old, curled up on the ground. They quickly...

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A Little Bit About Skunks

A Little Bit About Skunks

As most people know, skunks are those funny, furry, white, and black mammals that can cause a stink when they are cornered or threatened. But what most don’t know, is that there’s technically twelve types of skunks: the Striped Skunk, the Hooded Skunk, the Western...

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Rehabilitators, Our Unsung Heroes: Karen Brace

Rehabilitators, Our Unsung Heroes: Karen Brace

Meet Karen Brace, a wildlife rehabilitator and founder of Awesome ‘Possumz from Fredricksburg, VA. She lives on 12 acres at the end of a gravel road where she releases many of the squirrels, bunnies, and opossums she rehabilitates.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Sara Lissabet

Volunteer Spotlight: Sara Lissabet

We are spotlight lighting long-time Wildlife Rescue League Volunteer, Sara Lissabet, who recently moved out of the country and had to retire from some of her volunteer responsibilities. Sara has always been a delight and a key member of the Wildlife Rescue League...

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Crusty Bird Ailment

Crusty Bird Ailment

Wildlife centers, rehabilitators and veterinarians are searching for answers to numerous reports of sick and dying birds with swollen eyes, a crusty eye discharge and neurological signs such as unusual head bobbing and difficulty with balance.

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Wildlife Laws in Virginia

Wildlife Laws in Virginia

You might not think so, but wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, and release are heavily regulated activities. In an effort to better educate the public on wildlife laws in Virginia, we have compiled the following set of FAQs for our readers.

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“Hiccup’s” Story

“Hiccup’s” Story

A strange and unfamiliar sound was coming from the back sliding glass doors in the family room of a local suburban residence. It was late in the evening and the family cat had already been brought in for the night. The scratching of nails on the glass and random...

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Chimney Swifts winter in the Amazon Basin of Peru

Chimney Swifts winter in the Amazon Basin of Peru

Chimney Swifts winter in the Amazon Basin of Peru. They arrive in the continental United States in late March and are gone by early November. Nesting begins in May and can continue into August, with the female laying three to five eggs in a nest glued together with...

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Baby Wildlife in Need / How to know

Baby Wildlife in Need / How to know

As the last bit of winter hangs on, many of us have already glimpsed sprigs of lavender crocus peeking out of the ground. Soon our yards and communities will be hosts for all of nature’s new arrivals. Our natural areas will be filled with baby birds, bunnies,...

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Interview with wildlife photographer Don Chernoff

Interview with wildlife photographer Don Chernoff

Don Chernoff is the winner of Wildlife Rescue League’s 2020 photo contest “Wild Neighbors”. He is the author of “Wild Washington: Amazing Wildlife in and Around Our Nation’s Capital” – an incredible photo book celebrating Northern Virginia’s wildlife.

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Baby geese – transporter tales

Baby geese – transporter tales

Spring is often associated with Easter holidays and the arrival of Springtime and with both events, our social media is filled with pictures of cute little baby ducklings and bunnies. As wildlife lovers, we shiver to think of the well meaning parents who gift these...

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Baby Squirrels Rescue Story

Baby Squirrels Rescue Story

Have you wondered how WRL helps orphaned wildlife? Here is one of our rescue stories. While out walking, Jennifer came across two baby squirrels that seemed to be lost. There were lots of children around and the babies were squeaking and running up to people. She...

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Meet Lou Lou the opossum

Meet Lou Lou the opossum

Lou Lou is a very special girl! She came to Karen Brace, of Awesome Possumz, from another rehabilitator after she was hit by a car about eight weeks ago. Her right eye is damaged, she has very little vision in the other eye, she has a broken bottom canine tooth and......

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Little Brown Bats

Little Brown Bats

In Virginia, we are lucky to host 16 species of bats. Unfortunately, about half are either state or federally listed as threatened or endangered. One of those, the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugous), also referred to as the little brown myotis, was once the most...

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Endangered Species of Bats in Virginia

Endangered Species of Bats in Virginia

Every October when Halloween comes around, frightening images of werewolves howling at the moon, black cats creeping through the night, ghosts haunting deserted corridors, and bats morphing into blood-sucking vampires often come to mind. But even when it’s not...

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It Takes a Village To Rescue a Raccoon

It Takes a Village To Rescue a Raccoon

We all know that raccoons are wicked smart. But sometimes they’re too smart for their own good. On August 8 th Jane Gailey received a call on the helpline from Cat Roberts in Fairfax. A raccoon, that frequently visits her neighborhood had gotten its head completely...

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