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July 31, 2014

If the staff and volunteers at SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) only rescued and rehabilitated sick and injured birds, that would be enough. The fact that they also educate the public on issues such as the hazards of lead in the environment and the importance of raptors in helping to keep nature in balance makes them noble ambassadors. And their dedication to conservation and research makes them heroes. They speak up for the magnificent birds whose voices most people ignore or cannot seem to hear. I give to SOAR because I trust that Kay and her team will use my money to make a positive difference. They love what they do, and they are passionate about every aspect of their work. Being a bird lover, I am so very grateful for their dedication. Last year I attended one of SOAR's seasonal raptor releases, and in the drawing I was chosen to release one of the rehabilitated birds, a male juvenile kestrel. I was thrilled to see this handsome fellow up close, but when he escaped my gloved hands and took to the sky, I was so excited to see him able to return to the wild, where he belongs. That was an experience I will never forget. It made a difference in my life, and it was life changing for that kestrel. Because of Kay and SOAR, he and many other raptors are flying free once again. Thank you, Kay and all the other tireless SOAR staff and volunteers!

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