Category Archives: Notes

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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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 ready for release

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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The madness continues…

As of 15 March 2016, SOAR has admitted 14 bald eagles. Here are some sobering details about these eagles: 5 were DOA (dead on arrival) and 3 died within 24 hours of admit; these eagles were essentially dead when rescued 4 had fatal levels of lead, one with background levels of lead, and 3 are

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Op-Ed Piece from Carroll Henderson

Comments relating to a proposal to require nontoxic shot on Minnesota’s Wildlife Management Areas Carroll Henderson, 10 March 2016 The below is a transcript of what Carroll said at the Minnesota DNR public input meeting on proposed legislation for a non-toxic shot requirement when hunting in Minnesota’s Farmland Zone. Another piece from Carroll also appeared

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Absolutely maddening!

In just over two months time, six bald eagles have been admitted to SOAR. One juvenile female and one adult were DOA (dead on arrival), the adult just last evening and as of right now, unsure of gender. The other four died in our care from the effects of extremely high blood lead levels. Four

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