Our Mission

RARE seeks to enrich lives by engaging in and promoting responsible stewardship of the environment through education, research, and pro-active efforts to preserve wildlife.

Our acronym sums up the focus of our efforts:

  1. Raptors – owls, hawks, falcons, kites, harriers, eagles, ospreys, vultures, and condors – are our primary wildlife clients.
  2. Advocacy of the protection and preservation of raptors as vital members of the planet’s ecosystem.
  3. Rehabilitation of injured raptors and their release back to the wild.
  4. Education of persons of all ages about the diverse species of raptors and how we as humans can co-exist with them for the good of all.

RARE is made up of caring volunteers who devote time, effort, and resources to help birds of prey overcome the dangers posed by nature and human activities. We collaborate with other local wildlife rehabilitators to increase the effectiveness of our program. We serve eastern Iowa and western Illinois, offering a place for injured raptors to come for treatment.

Our rehab program includes rescue, triage, and long-term medical treatment of injured, sick, and distressed raptors. We are partnering with local animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitation groups and individuals in neighboring areas, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and local veterinarians to assure the highest quality of service. While RARE’s primary activity is rehabilitation, we also strive to raise awareness through education and research projects.

If you need help finding resources in your area for injured wildlife other than raptors, we are happy to assist. Call our hotline, 319-248-9770.

The RARE Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization (effective 11/30/2015). Our federal tax ID number (EIN) is 81-0715440. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.