Falconry Saves Man from Life of Crime, Now he Helps Birds and At-Risk Youth Take flight

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In spending his twenties dealing drugs in southeast Washington D.C. during the crack epidemic, Rodney Stotts would be the last person one would imagine as being interested in falconry.

The ancient sport of capturing juvenile raptors and helping them survive to adulthood when they can take care of themselves, falconry mirrors his own experiences on the street, and it informs Stotts’ mission to help at-risk youth in low economic areas avoid the kind of life that nearly ruined his own.

His non-profit, Rodney’s Raptors, helps kids in various institutions, schools, and who take Rodney’s own falconry program, to open their minds to the possibilities of what life can offer.

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