Saving Our Avian Resources (SOAR) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999 dedicated to saving our avian resources through raptor rehabilitation, education, and research. SOAR maintains all necessary US Fish & Wildlife Service and Iowa DNR permits to provide the rehabilitation and education.

Rehab & Release

SOAR provides care for well over 300 birds each year that have been injured or orphaned, primarily from western Iowa.

Read More

Education

SOAR provides educational programs with non-releasable birds of prey through out Iowa., based on your educational needs and goals.

Read More

Research

Data collected helps with ongoing research to improve rehab techniques, prevent future mortality, and to detect threats to wildlife populations.

Read More

TIP logo

Information needed

SOAR is hearing reports about suspected shooting of turkey vultures in Guthrie County, Iowa. It is illegal to hunt, harm, harass, or possess migratory birds, except for a few permitted exceptions. Click to learn more about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. If you know of illegal activity that is or has taken place,

Read More

eagle to be released

Considerations for release location

This question was posed to us after the release of the Farley eagle in April 2018: “I am very curious about how these rehabbed eagles fit back into their previous environment. Are they banded and is there any info?” Does SOAR band birds prior to release? No, SOAR does not have a bird banding permit

Read More

young barred owl

Sometimes young birds do need help

SOAR has already admitted several young great horned owls this spring! Yes, it is always best if the raptor parent(s) raise their young. Knowing when to intervene is difficult. Many patients admitted in the spring and even into the summer are still considered nestlings (can also be called hatchlings) and they should still been in

Read More

Decorah

Decorah FAQ

Frequently asked questions (and answers) about bald eagle ambassador Decorah Last updated 4 May 2018; Compiled from the Live Facebook Video celebrating this eagle’s 4th Hatchaversary What happened to Decorah that he is now with SOAR? This bald eagle is from the Decorah, Iowa nest N2. The eaglet may have prematurely left the nest and

Read More

AG Foundation

Avangrid Foundation Supports SOAR

The Avangrid Foundation is committed to supporting initiatives that enhance the quality of life and support sustainable development where the AVANGRID family of companies, including Avangrid Renewables, operates. Renewable energy development, construction and operation produces minimal emissions, requires limited water consumption, and helps combat climate change, resulting in benefits to both humans and wildlife. AVANGRID

Read More

released RTH in tree

Meeting a fellow hunter

Contributed by Mike Havlik, Dallas County Conservation Board On October 30, 2017, one of the Dallas County Conservation Board staff came across an injured hawk. It was still alive but unable to fly due to a broken wing. The bird was transported to a SOAR volunteer and identified as a juvenile red-tailed hawk. The cause

Read More