How can you help injured and orphaned raptors?
The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia is supported entirely by individual donations from concerned people like you. Your generosity will allow us to rehabilitate over 200 raptors a year, and touch the lives of thousands of children and adults each year through our educational programming. Thank you!
If you prefer not to use the online form, you can mail a check. Send checks to Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, PO Box 2295, Falls Church, VA 22042.
Please call us if you have questions: 703-578-1175.
How will we use your donation?
Top quality food is RCV's biggest expense in caring for raptors in rehabilitation, and also for the continued care of our disabled education birds. In general it costs:
- $25 a month to feed an adult Eastern Screech Owl or Broad-winged Hawk
- $35 a month to feed an adult North American Kestrel or Peregrine Falcon
- $45 a month to feed an adult Barred Owl or Red-shouldered Hawk
- $65 a month to feed an adult Barn Owl, Merlin, Cooper's Hawk or Red-tailed Hawk
- $85 a month to feed an adult Great Horned Owl
Orphaned baby raptors present a unique challenge. Baby raptors grow at a tremendous rate and they need to eat 2 to 3 times as much food as an adult of the same species. We must also care for baby raptors until they learn to fly, learn to hunt, and would ordinarily be on their own in the wild. This means they are often with us for 4-5 months. This amounts to approximately:
- $300 to raise a Barred Owl or Red-shouldered Hawk chick
- $400 to raise a Barn Owl or Red-tailed Hawk chick
- $500 to raise a Great Horned Owl chick
Banner photo - Red-tailed Hawk (juvenile) release - by Kim Sanders