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Craig Nikitas Protects Local Birds of Prey Via His Organization, Bay Raptor Rescue

Written by Kevin TruongPublished Sep. 18, 2022 • 9:20am
Craig Nikitas, founder and chief operator of Bay Raptor Rescue, poses for a portrait in Glen Park in San Francisco on September 15, 2022. Nikitas has volunteered with various Bay Area organizations such as the San Francisco Zoo, the Randall Museum and the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. | Morgan Ellis/The Standard

Craig Nikitas distinctly remembers his first up-close encounter with a Peregrine falcon as an adolescent in Idaho. He was struck by the animal’s piercing gaze, its vivid plumage and adaptations honed through generations of evolution. It was the ultimate avian predator.

Nikitas, who has lived in San Francisco for more than four decades, spent his career working as an architect and urban planner. Upon retirement, he decided to dedicate his life to protecting and preserving these animals. He started Bay Raptor Rescue in 2015. 

He’s become the guy that Bay Area animal control departments call when they need help handling trapped raptors and other birds of prey. Among his frequent haunts are BART stations, warehouses and the rafters above grocery stores.

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