Education birds that reside permanently at RCV have injuries or issues that cannot be repaired or healed, and which prevent the bird from being able to survive in the wild on its own.

The decision to keep a non-releasable bird in captivity and utilize it for education purposes (as opposed to euthanasia, the only legal alternative) is not a simple one. Those birds that adapt well to life in captivity and can enjoy a comfortable life despite their problems are good candidates to assist RCV in its efforts to educate the public about raptors, their habitat, and living with our native wildlife. These birds become ambassadors for their species. They also serve as foster parents for orphaned raptors to facilitate the youngsters' development and return to the wild - a duty that they perform often and well.


Raptors that reside at the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia include:

OWLS

Click on the large picture to learn more about each bird!


Hawks

Click on the large picture to learn more about each bird!


Falcons

Click on the large picture to learn more about each bird!

Banner photo - RCV's education Red-tailed Hawk "Jingles" - by Samantha Marshall