The ability to see a live hawk, falcon or owl up close is not very soon forgotten by the group. Learning about the impact humans can have on wildlife as well as the role wildlife and humans play, will enable better land stewardship practices in Iowa and beyond.

A deeper understanding and appreciation of the connection and reliance the plants, animals, land and water have on us and we on them will hopefully lead to better communication and stewardship practices for now and for future generations.

Meet The RARE (Raptor Advocacy Rehabilitation & Education ) Group’s ambassadors:

River, a Barred Owl (Strix varia), River suffered a head injury after a collision with a vehicle and lost her left eye and suffered damage to her hearing.


Killy, an American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), Killy is a human imprint and suffered a non-reparable fracture to his right wing.


Asio, an Eastern Screech Owl (Macroscopes asio), Asio suffered from a head injury after being hit by a vehicle and lost the ability to hear well on her left side as well as the loss of her left eye.


Mo, a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), Mo collided with a vehicle and suffered a non-repairable fracture to his left wing.

These ambassadors help The RARE Group with our educational outreach and sponsorship programming. Programs are offered to a wide variety of groups and ages throughout the year in Eastern Iowa. Please contact us for additional information or to schedule a program 319-248-9770 or

Photos by Nikki Herbst