- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City nonprofit dedicated to rehabilitating injured and sick birds has had a busy first month.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports (https://bit.ly/1SzEiQm ) that volunteers with the Raptor Advocacy Rehabilitation and Education Group, which goes by RARE, has helped 20 birds, most of them raptors. The group formed in late November and operates in a donated space inside Iowa City’s Gentle Heart Pet Clinic.

Executive Director Luke Hart says RARE is on track to help between 150 and 180 birds this year. He says most of the birds that can saved will be released into the wild. Those that can’t will be sent to nature centers for educational purposes.

RARE was started after the Macbride Raptor Project ended its bird rehab program in August.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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