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.


Gabby Hrycyshyn holding a rehabilitated Barn Owl ready to be released into Sky Meadows State Park. Photo by Tricia Bovey.

Gabby Hrycyshyn holding a rehabilitated Barn Owl ready to be released into Sky Meadows State Park. Photo by Tricia Bovey.

Executive Director, Gabby Hrycyshyn

Gabby started volunteering with RCV in 2012, became the Volunteer Coordinator in 2013, and became the Executive Director in 2015. Her interest in raptors was a direct result of the opportunity to volunteer at RCV, which led her to take courses in raptor field biology and raptor training, and to conduct field work with raptors in Utah. She is currently an apprentice rehabilitator and works closely with Kent to manage the daily operations at RCV.

Gabby was the Director of Research and Operations for ecosVC for four years, a Science Assistant with the IGERT Program at the National Science Foundation for three years, and a patent prosecution paralegal in the biotech group at Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox in Washington, DC. Her graduate and undergraduate research focused on the population ecology of freshwater turtles in Florida.

Gabby earned her B.S. in Biology, Distinguished with Honors, from Penn State University in 2004, and her M.S. in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida in 2007.