Rodney's Raptors

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About

Rodney Stotts

Licensed Falconer

Rodney Stotts is a falconer and licensed raptor specialist from South East Washington DC. A former staff of the Earth Conservation Corps, he is a mentor and youth community leader.  Mr. Stotts creates transformative opportunities that connect youth to the environment and community. 

Realizing his lifestyle was not safe or sustainable, Stotts was drawn to falconry and river conservation as an alternative to jail, or perhaps more likely, death. “I found that my love for the environment and raptors was greater than the love for drug dealing,” Stotts explained.


According to Stotts, falconry is important in two ways; it saves the lives of raptors and helps to keep the population healthy and it crosses all color, socioeconomic and ethnic barriers. Through his work, he makes the powerful connection between endangered species of all kinds that include the Bald Eagle in DC to local youth who must navigate survival in a stressed community.


The Earth Conservation Corps currently employs its raptors to engage local youth in environmental education activities. Says Rodney, “Falconry can help build character, compassion and caring. It’s importance is immeasurable. It changes lives.”