Category Archives: Notes

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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Copper!

Make the switch! Watch this segment from Itasca Community TV (Minnesota) of Just Outdoors – Copper Bullets that talks about ballistics, shot placement, human and wildlife health, and three shooting demonstrations. (It’s not short, but is informative!) The Case for Copper: Research uncovers problems with lead bullets for deer hunting Check out this article from

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A bit more about lead poisoning…

The bald eagle admitted on 13 December 2011 that had been caught in a leg-hold trap also had elevated blood lead levels (BLL) of 9.6 µg/dL. She coughed up a pellet (accumulated undigested material, in the case of eagles primarily hair) shortly after initial exam at SOAR. This pellet was x-rayed for lead fragments. The

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Eagle Summer 2014

A perspective from SOAR Executive Director, Kay Neumann 5 September 2014 — Usually summers are relatively quiet here at SOAR; young kestrels and screech owls that need a little food and flight time; the occasional Coopers hawk and window collision, red-tailed hawks and car collisions, baby vultures and hollow tree removal. Well quiet might not

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What happened to SNOW1?

What happened to SNOW1? From Kay… Just like the other 13 snowy owls that SOAR worked with in 2012, SNOW1 came in starving. Seven of the 14 owls died before they got to SOAR’s facility. Five more died despite our best efforts at rehydrating, warming, and trying to reverse their severe starvation. Most had lost

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