We are state and federally permitted by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Federal Wildlife Service to provide care and treatment of injured, orphaned or displaced wildlife.
We can accept ALL wildlife including rabies vector species. Our goal is to support nature's balance by compassionate care of wildlife, specializing in raptors (birds of prey) by working closely with our local conservation officers, animal shelters, vetererinary clinics and the public.
Education Programs: We provide an education program to the public based on local owls in Virginia. This includes a live presentation of several common Virginia owls "on glove" ( Eastern Screech Owls, Barred Owl and Great Horned Owl.) The program is suitable for all ages. Please contact us to schedule a program.
Check the "Education programs" page for more information.
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Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries:
Non-toxic shot approved by the Department [steel, bismuth-tin, Iron-tungsten, Iron-tungsten- nickel (HEVISHOT), copper-clad iron, tungsten-bronze, tungsten-iron-copper-nickel, tungsten matrix, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-tin- iron, tungsten-tin-bismuth, tungsten-tin-iron- nickel, and tungsten-iron-polymer] is required for hunting all waterfowl, mergansers, coots, moorhens, gallinules, snipe, and rails. Lead shot is not allowed for hunting these species and cannot be in possession in the field while hunting these species. Shot size should be no larger than 'T".
Twenty-four years after nontoxic shot requirements were established for hunting waterfowl, attention has shifted to lead poisoning in other species. These include upland game birds, avian scavengers (such as vultures, hawks and eagles) and other waterbirds that are exposed to lead through the ingestion of spent lead shot, bullet fragments and fishing sinkers.
Lead is a metal with no known biologically beneficial role, and its use in gasoline, paint, pesticides and solder in food cans has nearly been eliminated. Although lead shot was banned for waterfowl hunting in 1991, its use in ammunition for upland hunting, shooting sports and in fishing tackle remains widespread.
The most significant hazard to wildlife is through direct ingestion of spent lead shot and bullets, lost fishing sinkers, lead tackle and related fragments, or through consumption of wounded or dead prey containing lead shot, bullets or fragments.
Options: Switching to steel or copper shot and sinkers
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