On Tour: Waynesboro, VA

28 Nov

November 15, 2016 | Love Thy Nature | Waynesboro, VA

“No matter how long one does the work of nature protection, we all need to be re-inspired, re-energized, and reminded of the power nature plays in our own lives.”

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When I got to Waynesboro, VA, my hosts Tracy and Karen offered me a few treats. Besides a delicious dinner, they took me to The Wildlife Center of Virginia whose founder, Ed Clark, gave us a tour of this extraordinary wildlife-saving organization.

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Not only does the Center care for any and all local wildlife in need of care – from deer to eagles, owls and bears – but also Ed travels around the world from South America to Africa on a mission to catch poachers and bring them to justice, as part of International Coalition of Wildlife Protection.

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It’s worth noting that I’m travelling with On Screen/In Person and I don’t always know what groups my hosts might introduce me to, if any. So to find a wildlife rescue group in its 34th year of operation, having treated 70,000 animals and trained a corps of wildlife medicine practitioners around the world, was a magnificent surprise!

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Needless to say, I was delighted to have Ed, his team, and 2 of his “patients” join us at the Wayne Theater for the screening of Love Thy Nature.  It was a dynamic, wildlife-centered conversation and I was glad to hear Ed share how the film came as a needed reminder to nature protectors and environmentalists of why they do this work in the first place. No matter how long one does the work of nature protection, we all need to be re-inspired, re-energized, and reminded of the power nature plays in our own lives.

With joy, purpose, and gratitude.

Wishing you nature.

Post provided by touring On Screen/In Person filmmaker Sylvie Rokab

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