Category Archives: Notes

2015 Release Party

30 August 2015 at Dale Valley Vineyard SOAR is having a typical rehab year… but on a more personal note, we’ve had some lows this year. Kay’s friend (and SOAR’s go-to-handyman) Colton Pulver lost his life in a car accident at the end of June. Kay, SOAR, and ‘raptor nation’ lost a friend, advocate, and

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Encourage steel / non-toxic shot for dove hunting

Dove hunting season starts on 1 September here in Iowa and runs through 9 November 2015. Please encourage hunters to use steel shot. Research shows that, when lead shot is used for dove hunting, as many doves die from ingesting lead and lead poisoning as are harvested (3% of the population). Approximately, 17 million doves

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Two 2014 juvenile eagles admits released

Two HY14 eagles admitted summer 2014 were released at SOAR on 18 June 2015. Project AWARE, admitted 17 July 2014, and Clay, admitted 9 August 2014, were both very sick juveniles when admitted and much supportive care and time in the flight pen was part of their rehab. Releasing them at SOAR gave us an

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Loess Hills Prairie Seminar Release

SOAR has been a part of the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar (LHPS) for many years, educating attendees about the importance of quality habitat for raptors and also natural history and biology of a raptor that can be found in the Loess Hills. Tyler talked with participants on 31 May 2015. If possible, SOAR also releases

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Raptor viewing etiquette

We should all observe good raptor viewing etiquette, not only during the nesting season, but also during migration and the winter months when many raptors will gather together in good hunting areas. Remember that raptors are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and bald and golden eagles have additional protections under the Bald and

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