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The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to:

1. Rehabilitation and release to the wild of injured, ill or orphaned native Virginia birds of prey...(raptors);

2. Education of the public about raptors and preservation of their habitat; and,

3. Endeavoring to increase the wild population of endangered and threatened raptors.


In 2004, RCV volunteers took in more than 205 raptors for treatment. All RCV raptor rehabilitation is done in close consultation with two highly qualified veterinarians who perform surgery, take x-rays, prescribe medications, and do prerelease physicals for raptor patients. Trained and experienced RCV volunteers handle emergency treatment of injured raptors, recuperative care, administration of medications, feeding, conditioning and, in over half the cases in 2004, release to the wild of birds performing at a skill level acceptable for release.

RCV volunteers in 2004 also gave over 200 education presentations utilizing non-releasiable raptors to more than 140,000 people, for local schools, scout functions, community events, and other groups. RCV education programs present information about the need to preserve habitat, the value of predators in the balance of nature, the characteristics of native Virginia raptor species. The existence of state and federal laws protecting raptors from interference by humans, and the need for permits, are also emphasized. Allowing people to see some of our native raptors up close helps them to appreciate just how magnificent and special these birds are.

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NOTE: The RCV receives no funds from any federal, state or local government entity. The RCV has no paid staff - all raptor care is by dedicated volunteers. The RCV can continue to operate only with generous support from caring private citizens like yourself, and concerned corporate sponsors. The RCV is an IRS 501 (c)(3) organization, and is a member of the Combined Federal Campaign. Donations to RCV are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

© 2008 Raptor Conservancy of Virginia