National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week with BRWC

This week is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is acknowledging the issue with another installment of their Fall Lecture Series.

Deer hunting season leads to a dramatic increase in lead poisoning cases in the area.

Lead ammunition not only contaminates meat that humans consume, it also poisons wildlife.

Over 80% of eagles and vultures brought to BRWC have dangerously high lead levels with an even higher percentage during hunting season.

Dr. Jen Riley will lead a presentation on Thursday, October 27th to educate on the impacts of lead ammunition on wildlife and the environment and steps to take to prevent it.

To register for the presentation, click here.

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Local wildlife suffering from cat attacks

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is reminding residents of the problems associated with animals attacked by cats.

Animals attacked by cats that have received treatment have roughly a 30% chance of survival which is much higher than an animal left to fend for themselves.

Cat attacked animals may seem fine to release back into the wild but some injuries are not visible.

Cat bites can be small and not leave much blood but they can have bacteria which can cause a severe infection.

Adrenaline from the animal that was attacked can also make them seem healthy until the trauma takes full effect.

The best way to avoid attacks is by taking care of your cats.

Do not dump unwanted cats outside and make sure to spay and neuter your pets.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

BRWC and VSP have important considerations for the holiday

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (BRWC) and Virginia State Police (VSP) remind residents that research shows that firework displays can cause a number of problems.

Research shows that wild birds can become disoriented and increase flight response.

Flocks have been recorded flying higher and further causing increased energy expenditure.

Loud and bright displays can cause animals to flee and even abandon their nest leaving their young to die.

Some humans can also negatively be affected by fireworks.

Those suffering from neurological disorders can be affected by fireworks as well.

BRWC and VSP ask that you consider one of the many professional displays in the area as opposed to setting off your own fireworks.

There are a number of fireworks starting tonight July 1 through July 5.

Many of the area displays are listed here.

Always be sure to secure your pet and check on people who might be negatively affected by fireworks.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day weekend.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

News Maker Jen Riley of BRWLC on Avian Flu

Reports of Avian Flu have been recorded in parts of  Virginia affecting both wild birds and backyard flocks.

We spoke with Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (BRWC) veterinarian Jen Riley about necessary precautions in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Jen tells us what we can do to help curtail the spread of the disease and how dangerous it is.

She also tells us about new staff members at BRWC and how you could help rehabilitate animals too.

Jen also tells us how we can help baby wildlife as the season is upon us.

Click here for Jen’s interview.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

News Maker Jen Riley of BRWLC on Avian Flu

Reports of Avian Flu have been recorded in parts of  Virginia affecting both wild birds and backyard flocks.

We spoke with Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (BRWC) veterinarian Jen Riley about necessary precautions in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Jen tells us what we can do to help curtail the spread of the disease and how dangerous it is.

She also tells us about new staff members at BRWC and how you could help rehabilitate animals too.

Jen also tells us how we can help baby wildlife as the season is upon us.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

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Avian Influenza affects BRWC

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More cases of Avian Influenza have been found in Virginia and neighboring states.

Cases have been reported from Florida to Maine along the Atlantic flyway.

Parts of Mississippi and a case in Fauquier County Virginia have been reported.

The infection has led to new protocols being implemented at Blue Ridge Wildlife Center being reported by the center. 

Any emergencies for the time being involving birds will have to be phoned in before the bird can be brought into the center.

There will be a series of questions that must be answered before the bird can be brought in.

Also for the time being the wildlife walk at Blue Ridge Wildlife Center has been temporarily closed until further notice.

If you notice neurological or respiratory struggles in your backyard poultry you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Rabies case confirmed in Clarke County

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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center reported another case of rabies has been confirmed in Clarke County.

A raccoon tested positive over the weekend with a kitten testing positive last month.

Those animals that tested positive are just a small percentage of the animals that could be infected.

Residents are advised to remain cautious and not to leave food out for animals. 

Also you should report any licks, scratches or bites from unfamiliar animals to your local health department.

Contact your Health Department for more precautions that can be taken or if you have any questions on how to protect yourself and your animals.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

BRWC’s Paint Party fundraiser

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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is hosting a Paint Party at their headquarters in Boyce today at 1 pm.

The model for the afternoon is Mocha, the Wildlife Center’s resident Striped Skunk.

The session will be led by Cheryl Suitor, a local artist and teacher.

All are welcome ages 7 and up with tickets still available on their website and comes with any needed supplies.

Proceeds for the event go to supporting operations of Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

News Maker Dr. Riley of BRWC on wildlife and winter

Although today is a little warmer than it has been winter isn’t done yet.

We spoke with Dr. Jen Riley of Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (BRWC) about how animals adapt to cold weather in our latest news maker segment.

The good news is brought to us by The Town of Front Royal.

Veterinarian Dr. Riley talks about how the animals adapt and survive the winter.

She also tells us things that we should and shouldn’t do to “help” the wildlife.

Click here for Dr. Riley’s interview.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.    

News Maker Dr. Riley of BRWC on wildlife and winter

Although today is a little warmer than it has been winter isn’t done yet.

We spoke with Dr. Jen Riley of Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (BRWC) about how animals adapt to cold weather in our latest news maker segment.

The good news is brought to us by The Town of Front Royal.

Veterinarian Dr. Riley talks about how the animals adapt and survive the winter.

She also tells us things that we should and shouldn’t do to “help” the wildlife.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.       

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