Category Archives: Notes

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

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adult bald eagle

Eleven years of Iowa bald eagle data is published!

Yeah! The research paper is published online in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management! Lead Poisoning in Bald Eagles Admitted to Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities in Iowa, 2004-2014 Thanks need to go to many people… Jodeane (at the Macbride Raptor Project then, now at The RARE Group), Terese and Dr Lori and volunteers with Black

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Bald eagle P-10 released!

SOAR #GivingTuesday 2017

As we approach the end of the calendar year, all of us at SOAR wish to thank our supporters! You help us in immeasurable ways – sharing our website and Facebook posts with others, reading and asking questions about this patient or that education ambassador, you donate money and you send needed supplies so we

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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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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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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

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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ribbon

Students in Action!

A Lego League Robotics Club from South Sioux City, Nebraska had a task to look for local issues and possible solutions, then present their findings to a group. The club members are all 5th graders this school year. SOAR learned from Woodbury County Conservation naturalist, Theresa Kruid, that they visited the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

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