Author Archives: SOAR

juvenile bald eagle

Bald eagle admits update

After reading website posts and news articles about the number of bald eagles being admitted at wildlife rehabilitation centers and also reading the requests for hunters to go non-toxic in their hunting… we thought it was time to share what’s been going on at SOAR and bald eagle admits. 2017 Through 11/6/2017, SOAR has admitted

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non-lead ammo required

New resources

Many thanks to our colleagues with the Fish & Wildlife Service for producing this new handout! Please share with family and friends who hunt (and fish). Deer Hunting & Lead: Be part of the solution! See A Review and Assessment of Spent Lead Ammunition and Its Exposure and Effects to Scavenging Birds in the United

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telemetry unit

Releases to help with research

Updated Post 5 October 2017 An adult eagle was admitted to SOAR on 9 July 2017 with the same style telemetry unit as were fitted for two rehabilitated eagles released (see below). This eagle from Oklahoma, read her rehab story here, is part of an Oklahoma Study with many of the same researchers as working

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juvenile red-tailed hawk

Just say “no!”

Here’s another preventable human hazard for raptors… just say ‘no’ to using rodenticide! While rodenticide certainly does kill rodents, it also one of those toxins that causes secondary poisoning. In other words, rodenticides kill unintended animals. Rodenticides are made from blood thinner. The secondary poisoning happens when another eats a rodent that ate poison made

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telemetry unit

Delaware 2 update

After the recent SOAR newsletter went to press, SOAR received one of those email that you don’t like to ever get… from researcher Trish, “Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I’m almost 100% certain that Delaware 2 is dead. Based on the activity data, she appears to have died on June 25…”

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Thora

Summer happenings at SOAR

Ongoing maintenance is something that every business owner, home owner, and even landowner needs to do! This summer at SOAR, the ‘hawk house’ had new galvanized window screen attached to the exterior of every open window on a flight pen. Why window screen on flight pen windows? We try to give our recovering patients every

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sharp-shinned hawk

Human-made hazards abound

It’s difficult being a wild creature in the human landscape. Dangers lurk around every corner and navigating them is a challenge. Look out your window and you’re likely to see at least a couple hazards for our furred and feathered friends, in fact your window could be a hazard. SOAR admits most patients because of

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young barred owl

Sometimes young birds do need help

SOAR has already admitted three young great horned owls this spring 2017 – both hatchling and brancher! 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

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Decorah June 2016

Decorah’s 3rd Hatchaversary

Oh my, how time does fly! Seems like we were all reflecting upon a new year to come and now the calendar says April. Recall that one “little birdie” had a wish for peace on earth, good wi-fi for all, and something really cool for my hatchaversary! The “something really cool” would help all eagle

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Decorah

Eagle News

Many eagle nests across the Midwest already have downy-covered eaglets being attended to by adults. Other nests, have folks on “hatch watch.” That is true at the eagle nest near me and those monitored by our friends at Raptor Resource Project. As of early on the 31st March, two eggs have hatched at Decorah North

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