The Raptors of the Nation's Capital - Atlas Obscura

Laurel, Maryland

The Raptors of the Nation's Capital

A one-of-a-kind adventure to meet and greet the raptors that stalk our city.

Discover what it takes to become a falconer and experience holding a live bird of prey. 

Join Atlas Obscura and Master Falconer Rodney Stotts at his 5-acre raptor sanctuary in Laurel, Maryland, for a live demonstration of these amazing creatures. Watch a falcon feeding. Be awed by a hawk. Come face-to-face with an Eurasian Eagle-owl. This unique opportunity will allow you to meet and interact with some of the hunters of the sky. 

Stotts has been featured in numerous newspaper profiles for his work getting at-risk youths involved with the rehabilitating of injured birds of prey. Stotts works with several non-profits, including the Earth Conservation Corps, STAND Foundation, and Wings Over America. 


  • This event is limited in attendance due to its intimate nature.  
  • This event is not accessible via public transportation and is located in a rural area. More information about the location will be sent to attendees several days prior to the event. 
  • Parking is available on site. 
  • A portion of the proceeds for this event will be donated to Rodney's Raptors and STAND Foundation


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