The Wildlife Center of Virginia had a busy 2009, treating over 2,500 injured, ill or orphaned animals at its headquarters in Waynesboro in the Shenandoah Valley. This tiny painted turtle was among six hatched after its mother was brought in for treatment. (The photo was taken by a wildlife center staffer.) The center’s focus is: treat and release. That was the case with a tar-covered bald eagle rescued at the King George Landfill last spring. After being patched up, the bird was released at Caledon Natural Area in King George. For more information on the center, click here. See my story in Saturday’s Free Lance-Star for more details, pictures.