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.


Raptors that reside at the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia include:

OWLS

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Hawks

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Falcons

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