There are valuable avian species that have been – and some who still may be – preserved only through successful captive breeding and release strategies. The Peregrine falcon’s recovery in North America serves as a classic example of a successful captive breeding conservation program. Today, captive breeding is being utilized worldwide to preserve priority species like the California Condor in North America, the Orange-breasted falcon in South America, and numerous vulture species in India. Three species of raptors in South Carolina – the Swallow-tailed kite, Barn owl, and American Kestrel – currently exhibit declining population trends which indicate that a captive breeding program may become necessary in the future to save these species. The Avian Conservation Center would be eminently qualified to assume a leadership role in managing a restorative breeding program.