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Obscura Society DC: The Raptors of the Nation's Capital

Join us for a hands-on meeting with Master Falconer Rodney Stotts and his flock of raptors.

Rodney Stotts is a Master Falconer for the Earth Conservation Corps, an organization devoted to the conservation and research of the Anacostia River. His job is to help the public learn about the raptors that are indigenous to the nation's capital. 

Join Obscura Society DC and Field Agent Fiona Clem in Southwest DC as we have a hands-on experience with these amazing birds of prey, watching and holding falcons, owls and hawks. We will learn and watch what a falconer does, the history of falconry, the role of raptors in their natural environment and conservation efforts being done to protect them. 

Falconry is the hunting of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained bird of prey. The Earth Conservation Corps started its raptor program in 1996 in an effort to teach their young Corps members how to commune and experience nature. 

Notes for this adventure:

- This is event is limited attendance due to its nature.  

- The Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center is located on the water and less than a mile from Nationals Park.

- The closest metro is Navy Yard/Nationals Park, but it is about a mile walk. 

- Street parking is available, but limited. 

- This event will happen rain or shine.

- This event is kid-friendly!

- We will be outside for a majority of this event and it's August in DC, so it could be hot. Please bring water and wear a hat. 

All ticket sales are final. Please contact Fiona Clem with any questions at fiona.clem@atlasobscura.com.