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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Website has a new look

Welcome to the updated SOAR website! The biggest reason for the new design is this one is responsive to mobile devices. (I learned that the site is best viewed on my tablet if I hold it horizontal / landscape.) I did my best to keep the organization of information as close to the old site.

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New photos

These photos are from 23 November 2015. Terrie was at SOAR getting some eagle hours in and took these photos for us! Practice today was more out of the crate and sitting on the fist. Kay walked outside around the hawk building with Decorah on her fist. Thanks Terrie! Hope you all enjoy the day.

18 October 2015 – roomies

Ambassador-in-Training Decorah actually has 9 of 10 tail feathers that are growing… these feathers are not done growing, but this is by far the best we’ve seen them look! Port Louisa, the adult female eagle in for rehab on 21 Sept 2015, is in a 10×20 recovery room with Ambassador-in-Training Decorah on 10 October 2015.

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18 September 2015 – new mew

Kay reports that Decorah is still doing a fairly normal molt. His two favorite places to perch are on a stump and the bow perch. As mentioned in the┬áSpring 2015 newsletter we have plans for renovating one of the 10’x20′ flight pens in the hawk building for Decorah. Before those renovations can begin… a new

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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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9 August 2015 – Chitters

No news is good news! Several have asked on the progress of tail feathers and how training is going. Decorah continues to be in a low-stress time in training. He has left his jesses and anklets alone (knock on wood he continues this, as many education birds take off their “jewelry”). He’s eating, preening, bathing,

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