The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia is a nonprofit
volunteer organization dedicated to:
Rehabilitation and release to the wild of injured,
ill or orphaned native Virginia birds of prey...(raptors);
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
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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.