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After the Release | UNTAMED | Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Learn what happens when an animal is rehabilitated and returned to the wild. In many cases, we may never know, but there are a few ways post-release data can be gathered on former patients. This insight not only can prove that wildlife rehabilitation works, but post-release data can also contribute important information about overall wildlife populations. In this episode, join Center staff and wildlife researchers as they reflect on what some former wildlife patients have taught us.

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STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
09/23/2020
Art for Dessert | The Creative Corner
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Learn why artists have been featuring food as a subject in their work for centuries.  You’ve been told to eat your vegetables, but have you ever tried to paint them? Special Guest Lisa McLaughlin, the baker behind Jesse’s Girl Cookies, invites us into her kitchen to experiment with modern art techniques on cakes, and then we’ll make our own painting of a scrumptious treat inspired by 20th-Century painter Wayne Thiebaud.

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STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Visual Art
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Activity/Lab
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Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
05/27/2021
Baby Season | UNTAMED
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Learn about the very busiest time of year for Wildlife Center staff, students, and volunteers -- baby season! Spring is a time for new life; many species of wild animals are giving birth or laying eggs and caring for young throughout much of the spring. It's also the time of year when people are more active; as the warm weather approaches, humans spend more time in their yards and gardens and in the great outdoors. This increased activity of both humans and wild animals can put us all in more direct contact with one another. There are a number of misinformation and misconceptions about young wild animals; learn from the Wildlife Center staff how to best help young animals stay in the wild with their parents. UNTAMED looks at the wild and often perilous world of wildlife, as seen through the eyes of the patients of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a non-profit teaching and research hospital for native wildlife.

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STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
04/22/2020
Backyard Wildlife Habitats| UNTAMED | Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Learn how to set up a safe backyard habitat, including the critical components to make your yard a sanctuary for wild animals. Join Wildlife Center staff and backyard naturalists to learn how we can create safe spaces to attract wildlife while minimizing our impact and chance of disturbance for our wild neighbors.

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STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
09/23/2020
Bald Eagles | UNTAMED
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Learn about Bald Eagles in this episode of UNTAMED.   Wildlife Center staff members discuss the conservation successes of Bald Eagles, as well as the threats that eagles still face today, including lead poisoning and vehicle collisions. Buddy, the Wildlife Center's non-releasable Bald Eagle ambassador, is featured. 

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Career Connections
Living Systems and Processes
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Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
04/20/2020
Bats | UNTAMED
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Learn about bats -- a diverse group of flying mammals that humans often associate with folklore, legends, ghost stories, and scary tales. But we have more in common with bats than we think -- these tiny mammals are socially intelligent and can have a rich social structure and means of communication with each other. Bats are not only fascinating, but they are also quite beneficial to our environment and play an important role in the habitats we share with them. These animals are in need of our help now more than ever as they face population declines and serious problems, most of which originate from humans.  

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STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
04/22/2020
Bird Migration | UNTAMED | Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Learn about migration, the seasonal movement of animals from one location to another. Join the Center staff and migratory bird experts as they explain why birds migrate, and the dangers that they may face along their journeys. Learn how to help migrating birds and why we should be concerned about more than just our own backyards.

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STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
Reading
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Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
09/23/2020
Career Research Project
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This is a virtual learning hyperdoc assignment that could be used in any course to address related careers and/or information literacy skills, though it was developed for use with 9th grade English classes.  If used in a state other than Virginia, the teacher would need to replace the resource Virginia Career View and related questions in phases 3 and 4, as well as in the “Learn More” box at the bottom.

Subject:
Career Connections
English
Material Type:
Interactive
Author:
Bridget Mariano
Jennifer Clements
Date Added:
09/30/2020
Careers in Wildlife | UNTAMED
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Learn more about how to find a career – or volunteer job! – in the vastly varied field of wildlife, as we highlight a wide range of backgrounds and education paths that can lead people to work with wildlife. The range of career paths that lead to working with wildlife is about as varied as the actual wildlife all around us. This episode features several different people working with or for wildlife, highlighting a collection of stories from their daily lives. Learn more about how to find a career – or volunteer job! – in this field, including the range of backgrounds and education paths that can lead people to work with wildlife. Even with a diversity of people, organizations, and agencies, roles, and responsibilities, a number of these professionals work together for a common goal of helping protect wildlife and the environment.

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Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Technology Education
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Activity/Lab
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Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
05/26/2021
The Case for Indoor Cats | UNTAMED | Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Learn the reasons why keeping cats—domestic pets—indoors is better for wildlife, the cats themselves, and human health. Outdoor cats cause significant problems for wildlife and the environment; these cats also have shorter lifespans and are subjected to many more dangers than their indoor counterparts. Join Center staff, health experts, and a cat behaviorist to learn how we can fix this human-caused issue and keep wildlife, cats, and the environment safer.

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STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
09/23/2020
Crisis Communication
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Crisis communication is one of the many specialized areas or functions of public relations. This course will specifically focus on the use of crisis communication to protect and defend a company or organization facing a problem or challenge that threatens to harm its brand or reputation. As a sudden and unexpected serious event, a crisis can fall into four categories: acts of God, mechanical problems, human error, and management decision or indecision. You may recall examples of crisis in news media coverage of killer earthquakes and tsunamis, grounded airplanes, stranded cruise ship passengers, and senior government officials or CEOs who are fired or asked to resign following adulterous affairs. If you want to learn to become a professional public relations specialist, it is important to have a basic understanding of the important role public relations has in helping guide a company or organization through a crisis or serious event.

Subject:
Career Connections
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Provider Set:
Saylor Academy Professional Development
Date Added:
05/24/2019
Critters Don't Litter | UNTAMED -  Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Learn about one of the biggest impacts that humans have on their environment—Litter. It isn’t just an aesthetic problem; it has serious impacts on habitats, wildlife health, as well as human health and safety. The consequences of even small acts of littering can be far-reaching and long-lasting. Join the Wildlife Center staff and watershed conservation authorities to learn more about the problems litter can pose, as well as a variety of ways that you can help reduce litter.

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STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
09/23/2020
Emerging Wildlife Diseases | UNTAMED
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Learn about where diseases come from. How are they spread? This episode examines a variety of emerging wildlife diseases, with an emphasis on the One Health concept. While some disease outbreaks may be “natural”, human behaviors and influences are adding additional pressure on wildlife and the landscape, and in the end, all of us – humans, wildlife, and the environment – are affected. Learn more about the field of emerging wildlife diseases and the continually evolving research on what those diseases tell us.  

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STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
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Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
05/26/2021
Habitat Islands and Wildlife Corridors | UNTAMED
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Learn about habitat islands and wildlife corridors. Habitat islands are areas of various sizes that should contain all the necessities for a certain species or multiple species of wildlife to survive and thrive. But, too often these islands are not large enough to provide long-term support for the animals who live within. Surrounding these islands exist areas not hospitable to wildlife, and wildlife that naturally ventures beyond the confines of their habitats are often at risk of conflict with humans and/or human development. The concept of wildlife corridors has become a way to direct animal movement away from, or safely through, dangers caused by humans. As human beings continue to dominate the landscape, habitat islands and wildlife corridors will become increasingly necessary for the survival of our many wild species.

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STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
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Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
05/26/2021
Hawks and Falcons | UNTAMED
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Learn about diurnal birds of prey -- a diverse group of birds across the globe which includes hawks, falcons, osprey, eagles, and kites. While these different families of birds have a variety of physical and behavioral traits, they are all specially adapted for daytime hunting. Today, most of these birds of prey are widely appreciated by the public, but they still face many dangers. Learn more about these amazing raptors and how to help.UNTAMED looks at the wild and often perilous world of wildlife, as seen through the eyes of the patients of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a non-profit teaching and research hospital for native wildlife.

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STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
04/22/2020
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Hot Job: Investigate Illness as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist
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How do you track a disease? How do you determine if a blood sample contains a virus or a bacteria that could make millions of people sick? What type of information would you need to know to stop a disease from spreading? If you are interested in these questions then being an “Illness investigator” or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) might be the right career path for you. 

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Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Allison Couillard
Date Added:
02/27/2020
Hot Job: Investigate Illness as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist
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How do you track a disease? How do you determine if a blood sample contains a virus or a bacteria that could make millions of people sick? What type of information would you need to know to stop a disease from spreading? If you are interested in these questions then being an “Illness investigator” or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) might be the right career path for you. 

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Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Allison Couillard
Timothy Couillard
Date Added:
01/23/2020
Hot Jobs: Advanced Manufacturing's High Tech Career Paths
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Manufacturers today are rapidly innovating the way things are made, creating new manufacturing techniques and scrambling to make sure our workforce has the skills needed to fill the jobs. In Virginia there is a projected annual shortfall of 11,000 skilled technicians for career opportunities in modern manufacturing.

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Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Trade and Industrial
Material Type:
Visual Media
Provider:
VPM
Author:
Trish Reed
Timothy Couillard
Allison Couillard
Date Added:
04/30/2020
Hot Jobs: Biomechanical Engineering of a Nano-Tattoo
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Biomechanical engineering is an interdisciplinary field of science that applies the rules and principles of mechanical engineering to biological systems. It combines elements of many disciplines, including biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, and mathematics to better understand how physical forces influence living organisms. A biomechanical engineer may find work in the medical, scientific, industrial or governmental sectors. It is also sometimes considered a subset of Mechanical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering.

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Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Material Type:
Visual Media
Provider:
VPM
Author:
Trish Reed
Timothy Couillard
Allison Couillard
Date Added:
04/30/2020