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.

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

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

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SOAR is a 2016 Great Nonprofit

Thank you to each of you that took time out of your busy day to write a review of SOAR for the group Great Nonprofits! As usual, your response was tremendous and generous. Here is one review that was posted on 12 September 2016: “I have been a fan, a follower, of SOAR since Ambassador

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Transport Vehicle Needed

SOAR is looking to add another fuel-efficient transport vehicle to our fleet. Every year, we seem to admit even more patients than the year before and while we need an additional vehicle, a new vehicle is simply out of the question. We’re hoping that someone out there has a reliable SUV or extended cab pick-up

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2016 osprey reintroduction

SOAR once again assisted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Program in collecting young osprey in northern Minnesota for hacking (a special kind of release) in Iowa. SOAR Education Director, Terrie, and SOAR Intern, Trevor were near Brainerd, MN on 11-12 July working with IDNR and the skilled lineman from Allete / Minnesota

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Barn Owl Nest Sightings Continue

In Iowa, the barn owl is a state endangered species due to a lack of habitat for their prey and for nesting. Since 2012, 20 barn owl adults, hatchlings, and eggs have been admitted. Most admits have come from areas of Iowa with more grassland and nesting habitat (southern Iowa and the Loess Hills region

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Continued training…

Linette Bernard, Communications Director What does it take for a non-releasable raptor to become an education bird? There is much adjustment. Everything for the bird is new. There is much for the handler to learn as well, as each education bird is unique with their own tolerances. Most education birds have a permanent injury, often

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It’s Okay to Poison Bald Eagles, Really?!

Kay Neumann, Executive Director of SOAR I read with dismay the April 17, 2016 letter to the editor in the Des Moines Register from a hunter entitled “Sick bald eagles don’t indicate population-level impacts.”  [This submitted letter was in response to a Des Moines Register editorial on April 2, 2016 – read here.] My family

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Sometimes young birds do need help

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 (hatchlings) and they should still been in their nest but for unknown reason(s) are not. Below are terms that SOAR uses to

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Fishing Lead-Free

You know we encourage all outdoor enthusiasts to hunt and fish lead-free and to help you do that, we’re always on the look-out for products! I’m not an angler, so I’ve not tried any of the products out… but you can often find reviews on the company’s website. The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) has an

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I’ve found a baby…

“Stuff” happens and sometimes the wildlife parents and young become separated — sometimes this is normal — but how do you know.  Check out these links to learn more! Sometimes we find birds that are not babies – What should I do if I find an injured raptor in Iowa? Learn more about Raptor Rehabilitation Contact your

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Juvenile Bald Eagles Released 10 April 2016!

Remember the crazy week in September 2015 with multiple bald eagles being admitted with injuries consistent with having collided with a vehicle? Two of those bald eagles were released on 10 April 2016 at the O’Brien County Conservation Prairie Heritage Center! This county area is an absolutely beautiful prairie / river habitat. The little Sioux

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