Author Archives: SOAR - Linette

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Poplars down – #GivingTuesday 2016 update

Oiy vey! Repairs… If you own a car, a house, vacation property, land, or many other items, then you know all to well about the need for periodic maintenance and the unexpected maintenance! It’s not sexy, but necessary. Unexpected maintenance almost always happens at an inconvenient time. In my family (Linette) we call that “Murphy!”

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SOAR #GivingTuesday Goal

We’re almost ready to turn the calendar over to December. Wasn’t it just August and we were tired of heat and humidity? Lately, my husband and I have been checking off the usual fall rituals of the Midwest. SOAR is also going through seasonal rituals of getting ready for the cold and snow of an

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non-lead ammo required

Check the sign!

Are you a landowner that allows hunting on your property? You can require that anyone hunting on your property use only non-toxic ammunition. Check this sign out! SOAR had this sign made at our local print shop, Options Ink in Carroll, IA. Email Marsha at Options Ink for details! You could do the same for

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lead water pipe

EPA revises “Lead and Copper Rule” White Paper

The Lead and Copper Rule Revisions White Paper was release by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 26 October 2016, several months ahead of a 2017 deadline. The paper includes options to improve existing rules. From EPA.gov: The LCR Revisions White Paper provides examples of regulatory options to improve the existing rule. The paper highlights key challenges, opportunities,

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transport vehicle

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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osprey flies

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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baby barn owl

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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Thora on bow perch

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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lead symptoms, eagle hanging head

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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