"Team Bunny" Needs You (& Your Dandelions!)

I received an email from Randy at the Wildlife Center of Virginia the other day and here’s what it said:

“It’s time to activate TEAM BUNNY!”

During the last couple years, many of you have been vital parts of our “Team Bunny” efforts.  And, so the Wildlife Center of Virginia has come to us for help again this year.

It’s the Wildlife Center’s annual spring influx of rabbits (many are very young orphan bunnies) — more than 100 came in during the past month and more are arriving daily.

It’s clear these furry patients don’t particularly like the regular “hospital fare” the Center provides. (And, really — who DOES like hospital food?) But, what baby bunnies and their friends DO love is snacking on dandelions and clover.

Would you be willing to donate a bag of dandelions and clover from your yard?


Last year, Peaceful Hands Yoga Students & Massage Clients provided many, many, many pounds of greens to feed the bunny patients. In recognition of this kindness, some of the Wildlife Center staff have named the Peaceful Hands’ Family “Team Bunny.”

Join “TEAM BUNNY” by donating a bag — or 2 or 3 — of greens and help feed the bunnies!

Here’s how …

If you’re out in your yard, garden, or pasture (in untreated, pesticide- and chemical-free areas only, please) and you wander across some dandelions and/or clover, the Wildlife Center would love to have them! (Fresh is better, of course, so if you’re coming to yoga class or have a massage scheduled, pull them up in the morning sometime and then bring them in with you. Or drop them off at my massage studio any time during the week.)

Just dandelions (especially the green leafy parts) and clover. A little bag. A big bag. Every little bit helps. (And the dandelion flowers are fine to include.)

The rabbits will need the bounty for many weeks to come … and soon the goslings and ducklings will benefit from your donations as well. And, a happy, eating rabbit is a healing rabbit (or duckling or gosling or possum), and that makes the job easier for the Center’s Vets and Rehabbers.

Email me with questions at jackie (at) peacefulhands.com.

Thank you in advance for helping out these wildlife patients.

Wildlife Center of Virginia Yoga Fundraiser ~ You Made It The Best Ever!

 
THANK YOU
THANK YOU * THANK YOU
THANK YOU * THANK YOU * THANK YOU

Our Wildlife Center of Virginia Yoga & Open House in Orange on Saturday was the most successful yet! 

We raised nearly $1,600 in donations … PLUS a carload of supplies valued at hundreds of dollars.

Your generous hearts and spirits will provide lots of nourishing food and life-saving medical care to the animal patients the Center cares for. 

(There are 56 wild animal patients receiving medical care at the Wildlife Center as I write this — that’s a whole lot of mouths to feed!)

Thank You for Supporting
The Wildlife Center of Virginia!
 
Here are just a few patients who we have helped …
 
 
 
Fox Kits
 
 
A different kind of “Kit” ~ a Bobcat Kitten
 
 
A Kestrel Chick ~ who received care from the Center
AND from the Center’s adult Kestrel resident who served as a surrogate parent
and taught this chick how to survive in the wild.
 
 
An injured barn owl, rescued recently in Orange County
 
The Wildlife Center now has an online “CRITTER CAM” ~ you can watch their patients rehab and prepare for their release back to the wild.  Recent Critter Cam “stars” have included Bald Eagles, Bear Cubs, Owls, & Hawks.  To watch LIVE, click here.
 
Thank you for unrolling your Yoga mat
with me again this year and for helping the Wildlife Center!
 
(All these sweet photos are courtesy of the Wildlife Center of Virginia.)
 

"Team Bunny" Needs You (& Your Dandelions!)

I received an email from Randy at the Wildlife Center of Virginia this morning.  Here’s what it said:

“It’s time to activate TEAM BUNNY!”

Your help last year was amazing.  And, so the Wildlife Center of Virginia has come to us for help again this year.

It’s the Wildlife Center’s annual spring influx of rabbits (many are very young orphan bunnies) — nearly two dozen are already in their care and more are arriving daily.

And it’s clear these furry little patients don’t particularly like the regular “hospital fare” the Center provides. (And, really — who DOES like hospital food?) But, what baby bunnies and their friends DO love is snacking on dandelions and clover.

Would you be willing to donate a bag of dandelions and clover from your yard?
Last year, Peaceful Hands Yoga Students & Massage Clients provided many, many, many pounds of greens to feed the bunny patients. In recognition of this kindness, some of the Wildlife Center staff have named the Peaceful Hands’ Family “Team Bunny.”

Join “TEAM BUNNY” by donating a bag — or 2 or 3 — of greens and help feed the bunnies!

Here’s how …

If you’re out in your yard, garden, or pasture (in untreated, pesticide- and chemical-free areas only, please) and you wander across some dandelions and/or clover, the Wildlife Center would love to have them! (Fresh is better, of course, so if you’re coming to yoga class or have a massage scheduled, pull them up in the morning sometime and then bring them in with you. Or drop them off at my massage studio any time during the week.)

Just dandelions (especially the green leafy parts) and clover. A little bag. A big bag. Every little bit helps. (And the dandelion flowers are fine to include.)

The rabbits will need the bounty for many weeks to come … and soon the goslings and ducklings will benefit from your donations as well. And, a happy, eating rabbit is a healing rabbit (or duckling or gosling or possum), and that makes the job easier for the Center’s Vets and Rehabbers.

Email me with questions at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com.

Thank you in advance for helping out these wildlife patients.

Bear & Rabbit Say "Thank You"

During 2011, Peaceful Hands Yoga students were incredibly generous to the Wildlife Center of Virginia … donating time, supplies, and food that helped save the lives of many wild animals.  I’ve said “thank you” before, but I wanted to take a moment to thank you all yet again for your kindness.  Your generosity embodies the pure spirit of yoga!

This spring many of you helped with an online voting campaign to name the Wildlife Center’s new Red-Tailed Hawk RUBY — in honor of the young civil rights hero, Ruby Bridges.

Also this spring, many of you became part of “TEAM BUNNY” collecting fresh young dandelions, lettuce, and other fresh greens to help provide tasty and nutritious food to the overflowing number of young rabbit patients at the Center.  Rabbit patients are fussy eaters.  The time you spent collecting and picking bags of fresh greens ensured that these fussy eaters had something they liked!

This fall, you changed your focus to “TEAM BEAR”, working together to gather food to feed a young, underfed bear cub.  You provided so much good, nutritious food!  My car was filled to overflowing several times.  Many of you tapped your friends, local grocers, and your schools to collect donations.  The bear grew big and strong and was released back to the wild in early December.

And, then, you joined in a WILDLIFE CENTER BENEFIT yoga class in December to support the Wildlife Center — bringing monetary donations, supplies, and other equipment that will support the Center’s work in the days, weeks, and year ahead!

I thank you for your kindness to all creatures — big and small — and for the inspiration you are to me.  I’m uplifted by you whenever you unroll your yoga mat with me.  And, I’m uplifted by the kindness of your heart!

But, really … I think two Friends of the Center, BEAR & RABBIT, say “thank you” much better than I ever could.

Here’s the link to this special little presentation: Bear & Rabbit Review 2011 at the Wildlife Center.

December 22, 2012 ~ Do Yoga & Benefit The Wildlife Center of Virginia!

On SATURDAY, December 22, 2012 join me for a special morning Yoga class in Orange to greet the Winter Solstice and warm your internal holiday lights!   Join in some joyful yuletide Yoga flow!

9:30 a.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio our NEW location in the historic Silk Mill: 307A Madison Road in Orange.

This class will benefit
THE WILDLIFE CENTER OF VIRGINIA! 

Your class “cost”?  1) Make a cash/check donation to the Wildlife Center of Virginia or, 2) If you prefer, bring a bag filled with helpful supplies for the Center.  Please choose items from this list:

Paper Towels w Tissues (no lotion) w Glad/Hefty Trash Bags (all sizes) w Dawn Dish Detergent (blue) w Ziplock Bags wDishwashing Gloves w Safety Glasses/Goggles w 10-gallon Aquarium wTuna/Sardines in Water w Canned Dog Food w Large, heavy duty “Kong” toys w Pillowcases w Basic office supplies: 20 lb. white paper, pens, padded mailing envelopes, dry erase markers & erasers.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work.  They’ll care for more than 2,600 wild animals this year.  Please join us & please be generous!

To learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, their animals, and to watch bear cubs, owls, eagles, and more on their “addicting” online LIVE Critter Cam, visit them at Wildlife Center of Virginia
We’ll have a little OPEN HOUSE in the new studio following class from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  You can pick up a nice last-minute stocking stuffer from my new line of Peaceful Gifts (including, finally, my hand-blended massage oil in take-home bottles!), enjoy some hot apple cider and a little sweet treat, and see the “OM-azing” space that is our new Yoga home.

If you have questions about this special benefit Yoga class please email me at peacefulhands@gmail.com or call 540.672.9528.

 

Say Hi To RUBY

The Wildlife Center of Virginia announced today that their newest animal ambassador — a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk — has been named RUBY!

Ruby was the top vote-getter in the Wildlife Center’s online “Name The Hawk” contest. Although, many votes were disqualified because of cheating and “robo-voting”, the honest votes were tallied and Ruby came out on top.

Ruby was a name suggested by a local First Grade class to honor Ruby Bridges, the civil rights pioneer who in 1960 entered an all-white elementary school in New Orleans and helped lead the city into the age of desegregation. Her bravery was a touchstone in the national effort to bring racial equality into schools.

According to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the final voting percentage was:

Ruby 35.3 percent
Twizzler 25.6 percent
Poppy 17.4 percent
Phoenix 15.3 percent
Cherry Tail 6.5 percent

It’s unfortunate that the voting was tampered with by computer hackers who dumped thousands of votes into the system. But, those unfair votes were identified and removed from the final tally.

Ruby, the Red-tailed Hawk, begins her new adventure now as a Wildlife Ambassador & Educator. She will be seen by tens of thousands of children and adults EVERY year.

She will join the Wildlife Center’s human staff in classrooms, at school assemblies, and other events throughout Virginia, to teach important environmental lessons and to help people see how we can be better friends to all wildlife.

And, as her name honors Ruby Bridges, she will also be a wonderful reminder to children of how one little girl’s bravery helped make an amazing difference in the work for civil rights and equality.

Click here to read the Wildlife Center’s official statement and learn how you can help Ruby and the Wildlife Center of Virginia carry out their important work!

THANK YOU TEAM RUBY! Your passion and caring made the difference. Thank you for voting, for spreading the word, and for helping this amazing bird honor a very special Civil Rights Hero!

Name The Hawk Update

The Wildlife Center of Virginia should announce today the name of their newest education ambassador — a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk.

If you’ve been following along, the voting system the Wildlife Center used was hacked over the weekend by someone who flooded the system with thousands of “cheater” votes. The Wildlife Center was able to go through the records and identify votes that were cast improperly and unfairly.

They will know the “honest” vote count soon and I will let you know as soon as I hear anything.

I thank you for all your support for RUBY … and I’m hopeful our efforts to generate fair votes were enough! Check back soon … and I’ll post as soon as the Wildlife Center announces the winner!

Go Ruby!

Vote for Ruby!

FEBRUARY 21 UPDATE ~ The Wildlife Center of Virginia’s Red-tailed Hawk has been named RUBY. Yay! For the results and more information on the “Name the Hawk” campaign visit the updated page: Say Hi To Ruby

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR RUBY! ~ Jackie

In 1960, Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old African-American girl was escorted by federal marshals to a white school in New Orleans. Her bravery and willingness to be “the first” helped lead to the desegregation of New Orleans schools.

She was a young girl who became a hero of the civil rights movement. She faced death threats and the shouts of adults who taunted her and tried to break her spirit.

You may remember the Norman Rockwell portrait that immortalized her act that day. Click to learn more about Ruby Bridges: Ruby Bridges, The Civil Rights Pioneer

Here’s how we can honor Ruby Bridges and her bravery. There is a contest going on through February 21 at the Wildlife Center of Virginia – to name their new Red-Tailed Hawk that will become an education animal.

This hawk was hit by a car and, while healed now thanks to the work of the Wildlife Center Vets, it is blind in one eye and unable to be released back to the wild. It will make its permanent home at the Center and will be part of their traveling education program that brings wild animals to local schools as part of education programs about wildlife and the environment.

Last month, local schoolchildren submitted names to be considered and the top 5 names are now being voted on online. Among those names is Ruby, submitted by a first-grade class to honor Ruby Bridges.

Please vote to name the Wildlife Center’s Red-Tailed Hawk RUBY. You may vote online one time.

To learn more about The Wildlife Center’s hawk and the contest, go to Name The Red-Tailed Hawk Page and then click the link to vote.

Help this beautiful raptor remind schoolchildren of the heroism and bravery of young Ruby Bridges whose courage and steadfastness, despite powerful opposition, opened the doors of education to thousands and thousands of young people.

We just have until FEBRUARY 21 to make our voices heard. Please help give Ruby Bridges a wonderful tribute and help bring her message of courage to young people.

Vote to name the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s Red-Tailed Hawk … RUBY!

Thank you!

SOS ~ The Wildlife Center of Virginia Needs Your Clover & Dandelions!

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has its annual spring influx of rabbits and it’s clear they don’t particularly like the regular “hospital fare” the Center provides. (And, really — who DOES like hospital food?) But, what baby bunnies and their friends DO love is snacking on dandelions and clover.

Would you be willing to donate a bag of dandelions and clover from your yard?

If you’re out in your yard, garden, or pasture (in untreated, pesticide- and chemical-free areas only, please) and you wander across some dandelions and/or clover, the Wildlife Center would love to have them! (Fresh is better, of course, so if you’re coming to yoga class or have a massage scheduled, pull them up in the morning sometime and then bring them in with you. Or drop them off at my massage studio during the week.)

Just dandelions (especially the green leafy parts) and clover. A little bag. A big bag. Every little bit helps. (And the dandelion flowers are fine to include.)

The rabbits will need the bounty for many weeks to come … and soon the goslings and ducklings will benefit from your donations as well. And, a happy, eating rabbit is a healing rabbit (or duckling or gosling or possum), and that makes the job easier for the Center’s Vets and Rehabbers.

Email me with questions at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com. Thank you in advance for helping out these wildlife patients.