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  • What to do when you see a wild injured animal or bird in Richmond Virginia area: Call ARK (Area Rehabilitation Klub) at 804-598-8380. Go to www.ARKofVA.org for more information.  Another resource is the Wildlife Center of Virginia:  http://wildlifecenter.org/rescue-advice A NEW RESOURCE in 2013: http://www.richmondwildlife.org for care of sick and injured wildlife
  • Virginia Wildlife Conflict Helpline – a resource for resolving human-wildlife conflicts. The helpline is a collaborative effort between the VDGIF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Wildlife Services (WS) to address human-wildlife interactions by sharing science-based wildlife information.  The helpline is available toll-free at (855) 571-9003, 8:00AM-4:30PM, Monday through Friday.
  • Information about Feral Hogs in Virginia:  http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/feral-hogs/
  • What to do when you see a banded bird: Send your information to http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/ Include date, place, color of bands and a photo if you have it.
  • Locate and report eagle nests http://www.ccb-wm.org/virginiaeagles/mappingNests.htm
  • Short video about WHITE NOSE SYNDROME IN BATS Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome, produced for the Forest Service. The film demonstrates that there is some hope for bat populations affected by White Nose Syndrome and what the public can do to help. http://vimeo.com/76705033

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  • Bumble Bee Watch:  A new web site allows people to be directly involved in protecting bumble bees throughout North America. BumbleBeeWatch.org enables people to connect with experts and other enthusiasts, and help build a comprehensive picture of where bumble bees are thriving and where they need help.
  • TED Talk – Why Bees are Disappearing – Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences.   Click here for link.
  • Over 4,000 Reasons to Love (and Protect) North America’s Native BeesNational Geographic (1/17/14) “Along with ladybugs and butterflies, you might say that it is one of society’s accepted insects. The curious thing is that, despite its place in our hearts and minds, the celebrated honey bee isn’t even native to North America: European settlers first brought colonies to the continent during the early 1600s.” The link to this article is here.
  • The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill TreesNPR (1/10/14) “While many of us may prefer to never again see temperatures drop below zero like they did earlier this week across the country, the deep freeze is putting warm smiles on the faces of many entomologists. That’s because it may have been cold enough in some areas to freeze and kill some damaging invasive species of insects, including the tree-killing emerald ash borer.” The link is here.

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