Since 1998, we have educated the public about birds of prey and the importance of raptors in the wild.
The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to:
- Education of the public about raptors and preservation of their habitat; and,
- Endeavoring to increase the wild population of endangered and threatened raptors.
RCV volunteers give ~200 education presentations utilizing non-releasable raptors for local schools, scout functions, community events, and other groups. RCV education programs present information about the need to preserve habitat, the value of predators in the balance of nature, and the characteristics of native Virginia raptor species. The existence of state and federal laws protecting raptors from interference by humans, and the need for permits, are also emphasized. Allowing people to see some of our native raptors up close helps them to appreciate just how magnificent and special these birds are.
RCV helped rehabilitate thousands of raptors between 1998-2016. Though we are no longer rehabilitating wild raptors we strongly support the rehabilitators across the state that continue this much needed work. If you need a raptor rehabilitator please consult the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website to find your closest licensed rehabilitator, or call the Wildlife Center of Virginia at (540) 942-9453.
Banner photo - Barred Owl "Hipster" - by Bill Bowman