RELEASE! Barred Owl Returned to Palisades-Kepler

What an exciting week it has been for The RARE Group!  We have another release to share with you!

This owl was found at Palisades-Kepler State Park shortly before Halloween.  He had head trauma and was having trouble gripping with its feet.  Our RARE volunteers hand-fed him until he could eat on his own.

He was well enough to be transferred to the flight cage around Thanksgiving, and since then, has made great progress.  We returned him to his home on December 9.

Thanks to all who support us and make releases like this possible.

Enjoy this sweet video!

[video width="320" height="240" mp4=""][/video]

Release: Sending a Seagull On Its Way!

Ring Billed Gull by Michele Nigg This Saturday, RARE was able to release a Ring-billed Gull!  This bird, likely on its migration journey, was found in a park near Shueyville.  It was unable to walk or stand.  It rapidly improved after being treated with medication.  Enjoy the video below of the gull enjoying a snack during its time with us!

[video width="320" height="240" mp4=""][/video]

Thanks to Michele for the photo and video, and for releasing this bird!


It's a Release Double-Header!!

Barred Owl release This week, we had double the fun!

Double Header Part I:

The barred owl pictured below came to us on September 21st with a head injury- it may have been hit by a car.  We would like to thank Sam Warner for finding the bird and getting RARE involved!  After treatment and rest at our clinic, it transitioned to our flight cage early in the second week of October. 

Barred Owl release!

This week, Hannah Clark was able to release this beautiful bird. Hannah is a second year veterinary technician student from Burlington.

Photos by Hannah Clark

Double Header Part II:

The barred owl pictured below came to us right at the end of September, after being found by a construction worker at a site in Iowa City. After being evaluated, the owl was treated with medicine and rest. He was able to graduate to the flight cage after about 10 days.  We are excited that we were able to release him back to nature this week!

Bon Voyage!

Our raptor rehab volunteer, Eric, opening the box to release the owl.

The barred owl is on its way!

Photos by Erin Melloy

Release! Great Horned Owl

photo by Nikki Herbst We are always very excited when we get to release one of our patients back to the wild!

A gentlemen found this great horned owl near his home in Dixon, Iowa. He came to us around a month ago with a fracture of one wing. Below is a video of when he was discovered:

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4=""][/video]

This young owl, who still had a bit of down around its head, was able to heal without surgery; it just needed cage rest to allow the wing to heal. He spent about 2.5 weeks at the flight cage.

On Wednesday, October 5th, the owl was released by his finder, Lyle Anderson!  Check out his video below.  Lyle, thank you for sharing, and for helping this magnificent bird!

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4=""][/video]