Kent Knowles with RCV's education Gyrfalcon "Lilli". Photo by Leah Pellegrino

Kent Knowles with RCV's education Gyrfalcon "Lilli". Photo by Leah Pellegrino

President, Kent Knowles

Kent and several other dedicated and able individuals founded the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia (RCV) in 1998; Kent is the President.  Kent has rehabilitated and handled raptors for over 20 years.  He holds a number of state and federal permits with respect to raptors, including Rehabilitation, Special Purpose Possession, and Master Falconer.  Kent oversees all of RCV's rehabilitation and education efforts, which include caring for approximately 200 injured and orphaned raptors each year, caring for RCV's disabled education birds, and providing hundreds of hours of educational presentations to groups throughout northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. 

Kent retired as a senior federal government employee some years ago. In addition, he is a retired Navy Reserve JAG Captain, has been in private practice as a lawyer, and served a term as President of the International Trade Association of Northern Virginia. Kent also headed the Wildlife Rescue League of Virginia for 8 years, and currently serves as a Director of the Virginia Falconers' Association.

Kent earned his B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, from Amherst College in 1957, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1963.