#GivingTuesday; Highlighting the Dangers of Fishing Line

This #GivingTuesday, we humbly ask that you would consider donating to The RARE Group using the "Donate" button on our Facebook page or on our website. Our group is staffed entirely by volunteers, so 100% of your donation goes toward our mission of advocacy, rehabilitation and education. Our average cost per raptor is approximately $130/year, which is an increase from last year because it was our first full year that we paid for dedicated space to house and treat raptors and other birds.

Part of the mission you support with your donation is education. The attached photograph is a barred owl who is currently in our care - it was caught in fishing line. Two of his feathers became entangled in a single piece of fishing line that was hanging from a branch. He has a lot of wounds and injuries, but we will hope for the best.

We want to remind people to PLEASE PICK UP fishing line; please cut it down when you get it caught in a tree, please paddle over to a snag that it is caught in, etc. If you see fishing line when you are outdoors, please take the initiative and remove it. Some areas have receptacles especially for fishing line, but if there is none, please take it down and cut it into small pieces that animals can not become tangled in before disposing of it.

Please share this information with your friends and family, and help make the outdoors safer for our wildlife. Thank You!