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American Kestrel (male)

Falco sparverius


An American Kestrel shown by Ms. Gabby Hrycyshyn, volunteer bird handler from The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia (RCV). The kestrel was one of several birds featured in a raptor demonstration at the Belle Haven picnic area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. The event was hosted by Friends of Dyke Marsh, National Park Service, and The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia. Related Resource: Friends of Dyke Marsh


The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia. This "teaching bird" has several disabilities that make it unsuitable for release to the wild. The kestrel flew head-first into a security window at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.; it was found unconscious on the ground. The kestrel sustained radial nerve damage in its left wing, and is essentially non-flighted as a result of the accident. Related Resource:


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ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Thanks, Walter...I am not in any photos...I do not do pics of me if I can help it!! ;-) I didn't think about the facebook page...I just "liked" the RCV page - looks pretty new! On our main webpage, the pic of the Red-Tail being released (from the cardboard pet box) is my photo...I think!! I've taken so many photos for them in the last couple years (since I got my camera!) that now I'm not sure which is mine or someone else's!!
Our Facebook page is:
If you're ever in Colorado, send me an e-mail and I can show you around...we're not open to the public, but I've been there for 15 years and am able to show some people around...but we only do this in the fall and winter so the birds don't get too stressed.

Geodialist 9 years ago

Please call me "Walter," Christy. Is that a photo of you on the Web site you listed? You may be interested in looking at the RCV Facebook page:

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Great idea, but not at this type of program...and not my call...I just stood and held a bird...didn't do any talking...I will definitely talk to my director about promoting it though....unfortunately, we are so busy at our facility (especially now with baby season started) that this probably won't be added until late fall. If you want to check us out, we're at I'm also working on getting her OK to post some pics of our birds! ;-)

Geodialist 9 years ago

Is it safe to assume you promoted the new Project Noah education initiative during your school visit, Christy?

KatCuff 9 years ago

Great job!

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Nice...I love the 2nd pic...I just did a program with our birds today and we were in front of a group of gradeschoolers at an inner city blows my mind that some people don't even know what a raptor is!! They were so fascinated!! I love to see people educated and these programs and demonstrations are fantastic!! Great series!!

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Ava T-B 9 years ago

It's great that there are programs that take care of these injured creatures and use them to educate the public about the natural world.

Atul 9 years ago


harsuame 9 years ago

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Spotted on Apr 21, 2012
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