Lakeview Investment Advisors
Sponsors Raptor Release Program
One of the key words I often use to describe Lakeview Investment Advisors is freedom. I truly believe that financial freedom brings a different sort of freedom—free time. Certainly, we are all in search of more free time. Free time gives us the freedom to relax, the freedom to pursue our personal passions and interests, and the freedom to dream. It is this freedom—the freedom that comes from financial security—that I strive to provide for Lakeview clients.
As I struggled to design a name and logo for my new company, again and again my thoughts turned to freedom. I wanted financial freedom so that I could escape rush hour traffic. As I sat behind the wheel of my car staring at nothing but tail lights, I knew exactly where I’d rather be: lounging on the deck of my lake home, coffee in hand, listening to the call of the loons. For me, the loon represents freedom, so it seemed only fitting that it should serve as Lakeview’s logo. While Lakeview’s loon logo is easy to explain, the raptor release is more complex. In the spring of 2003, I attended a benefit auction. Among the auction wares of golf rounds, resort stays, and tickets to sporting events, the only option of interest to me was sponsored by the Raptor Center. It was the opportunity to release a great horned owl back into the wild.
At the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, professional veterinarians and veterinary students work to rehabilitate large birds that have been injured, most often through contact with humans. The goal of the Raptor Center is to “strengthen the bond between humans and birds” while also contributing to the preservation of the habitat and life of birds of prey. Through unique corporate events, accessible lesson plans for teachers, and public story times with a raptor, adults and children across Minnesota have had the opportunity to meet owls, eagles, hawks, and falcons up close. Visit the Raptor Center on line at www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu.
For me, the opportunity to release a rehabilitated owl back into the wild symbolized freedom. The thought of cradling a great horned owl in my arms before tossing it into the air so that it could reclaim its freedom was so exciting to me that I’m sure I over-paid for the prize. In fact, the auctioneer told me at one point, “Slow down. You are actually bidding against yourself!”
Even though I won the prize in the spring, I had to wait until the owl was strong and ready. It was fall by the time I got the call. The release was to take place in an apple orchard, and on a chilly autumn afternoon, I met my great horned owl. A wind picked up, and the red and gold leaves of the trees rustled like an applauding audience. I looked down at this wild creature in my arms. His heart thumped madly, and his eyes glowed an alien yellow. At the command of the Raptor Center veterinarian, I lifted my arms and opened them wide. The owl spread his wings, lifted high, and disappeared beyond the orchard into a wetland. He was home, and he was free.