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Raptor Research & Conservation

Wildlife Tracking, Species Reintroduction & Raptor Hospital 

The Matthew Henson Center is home to our Wildlife Tracking, Species Reintroduction & Raptor Ambassadors. 


Renovating Our Living Laboratory and next up, our Raptor Hospital:

Corpsmembers also engage in wildlife tracking at the Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center in addition to our plan for a fully established Raptor Hospital. Our corps further assesses the impacts of climate change through wildlife data collection and analysis as well as the potential for other hands-on STEAM-based opportunities on the river with our in-building fish hatcheries for native species reintroduction (including Sturgeon reintroduction) and further ecological monitoring with our U.S. Geological Survey Monitoring Station; and with our Raptor Research & Conservation. To meet our birds that reside on our rooftop aviary at the Matthew Henson Center, Click Here.


Humans have been fascinated with Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, and Owls for thousands of years. By teaching elements of the ancient art and science of falconry, we empower youth to care for birds of prey and reconnect to nature.  

Learning about raptor research & conservation for a wild raptors is a transformative experience that inspires both a thirst for STEAM education and a reconnection to self. The relationship offers mutual healing. The raptor gets a second chance for survival and the relationship can change the course of a young person’s life. Many will gain a lifetime connection to raptors and conservation. On returning home to DC, our Anacostia River education centers - The Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center and The Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center - offer a seamless path for the youth to a build on their knowledge of science and nature.

Cadet Program


Earth Conservation Corps is currently working with Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy cadets, Fresh Start Project DC, and Greenspur to build the raptor research & conservation center permitted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. At the Wings Barn, youth will learn about raptor education (with our education birds), conservation of birds of prey, and wildlife tracking & research. The awareness and proximity with these birds of prey, under the guidance of our raptor specialists often lead to lifelong engagement with nature and conservation. Their environmental stewardship will inspire them to become the next generation of Earth Conservation Corps members that carry on the legacy of taking care of our D.C. natural environment and community that the original corps members began 30 years ago.

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The Guns to Roses Program, where guns are repurposed into various sustainability and conservation items. Pictured: A DC Officer welding an osprey nest from discarded weaponry.

Henson the Heron, a summer project that aimed to raise awareness about the amount of single-use plastic in rivers. Henson proudly stands outside the Henson Center today. 

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