Blue Ridge Wildlife Center
The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (“BRWC”) mission is to protect the future of our region’s wildlife through rescue and rehabilitation, education, and research. The BRWC will achieve its mission by: (1) rescuing and rehabilitating injured, sick or orphaned wildlife with the intent of returning them to their natural environment; (2) educating the public about human-wildlife interactions and habitat conservation through educational programs, events, newsletters, and a wildlife hotline; and (3) engaging in and supporting scientific research concerning native wildlife, the effects of human activities on native wildlife populations and native wildlife diseases.
The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit close to Winchester, Virginia that assists native wildlife of the northern Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge, and Piedmont regions through a wildlife hotline, the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and sick native wild animals, and education of the public about preserving wildlife and wildlife habitat.
The region served by the BRWC includes some of the most rapidly developing areas in the nation. This has caused the disturbance of vast amounts of wildlife habitat, and increased the numbers of incidents of "human-wildlife conflict". As a result, more and more members of the community are becoming concerned about preserving native wildlife. This has created a great need and interest in the services and environmental education programs offered by the BRWC.
The BRWC has been growing rapidly since its inception in 2004. The number of calls for help on the BRWC wildlife hotline has increased from one or two a day to more than 6,000 a year. The number of rescued injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals has increased from 370 in 2005 to 1,880 in 2014. In addition in 2014, the BRWC staff gave environmental education programs to more than 5,000 children and adults. Calls to assist wildlife, and requests for the BRWC education programs and internship positions have exceeded our current facility's capacity. Because of this growth the BRWC is expanding from its current 800 sq. ft. cottage and constructing an 8,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art building, which it will occupy in the spring of 2016.
Address:PO Box 326