Raptor Advocacy, Rehabilitation, and Education
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Two former staff members at the Macbride Raptor Project, Jodeane
Cancilla and Luke Hart, have obtained state and federal permits
for raptor rehabilitation and started a new nonprofit to fill the
gap that was created when MRP ended its rehab program in August. Luke’s
and Jodeane’s group is named RARE, which stands for Raptor Advocacy,
Rehabilitation, and Education. Dr. Mary Ebert, owner
of Gentle Heart Pet Clinicin Iowa City, is the organization’s
licensed veterinarian, and the group includes several volunteers with
many years of experience in raptor rescue, rehab, and education.
As many of you know, Jodeane built the Macbride Raptor Project from
the ground up and held many titles there over 28 years, but to her
the most important titles were rehabilitator and educator. She had
a lot of help along the way from volunteers, interns, and staff, including
Luke who was her assistant for 8+ years and who succeeded her for
a brief interim period after her retirement. Luke has assumed the
leadership role of Executive Director of RARE.
The project is based in Iowa City and serves east central and southeastern
Iowa, northwestern Illinois, and northeastern Missouri and is incorporated
in Iowa as a nonprofit, with application to the IRS for 501(c)(3)
tax-exempt status pending. The group already has taken in and treated
their first client, a starving juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk found near
Anamosa that was released back to the wild on November 28.
Members of the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Group have been
knocking themselves out over the last several months as they have
picked up the slack in rescuing and rehabbing raptors. Kudos to them!
Please spread the word so that injured, sick, or distressed
raptors in the group’s coverage area can be rescued and treated
as quickly as possible. To report raptors in need of help, call RARE’s
hotline, 319-248-9770, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions or information, call the hotline or email email@example.com.
The group’s web site is http://theraregroup.org/.