Saving Our Avian Resources (SOAR) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999 dedicated to saving our avian resources through raptor rehabilitation, education, and research. SOAR maintains all necessary US Fish & Wildlife Service and Iowa DNR permits to provide the rehabilitation and education.

Rehab & Release

SOAR provides care for well over 300 birds each year that have been injured or orphaned, primarily from western Iowa.

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Education

SOAR provides educational programs with non-releasable birds of prey through out Iowa., based on your educational needs and goals.

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Research

Data collected helps with ongoing research to improve rehab techniques, prevent future mortality, and to detect threats to wildlife populations.

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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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Fishing Lead-Free

You know we encourage all outdoor enthusiasts to hunt and fish lead-free and to help you do that, we’re always on the look-out for products! I’m not an angler, so I’ve not tried any of the products out… but you can often find reviews on the company’s website. The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) has an

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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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Happy Hatchaversary

If you’ve followed SOAR for any length of time, you’ve come to know that ‘busy’ is what we all are! When you’re busy, often projects take way longer than you’d like. I can’t imagine how excruciating the wait is for you all reading this post! (Think about the last remodeling project on your house and

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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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Another Conservation Board Approves use of Lead-free Shot and Tackle in Areas

Press release from the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board: “The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board will be requiring the use of non-toxic shot and tackle on its hunting & fishing areas within Pottawattamie County beginning in 2016. As national concerns and potential impacts from lead poisoning are becoming more common the county conservation board has decided to

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Time on the Bow Perch

Terrie spent Saturday 20 February 2016 at SOAR helping with many tasks! Decorah also had practice stepping to Kay’s fist, maintaining balance while Kay walked to the bow perch, and practice stepping from glove to the perch.   Part of Terrie’s day was sitting with Decorah while he was on his bow perch! Two reasons

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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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