Des Moines hatchling vultures

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hatchling vulturesDes Moines hatchling vultures
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 2 August 2017
Rescue Location: Des Moines, Polk County

Aren’t they cute? An area business was hired by a demolition contractor to check an abandoned building for any wildlife. Lo and behold… these two nestling vultures were found. We understand that the ideal would be to leave these youngsters in place u

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Kay holds the eagle "Oklahoma"Lost Island via Oklahoma!
Patient Status: Success Stories
Admission date: 9 July 2017
Rescue Location: Lost Island Lake, Palo Alto County

This eagle tried to steal catfish from anglers on Lost Island Lake and got tangled in their line. The anglers were able to untangle the line from the eagle and then she just sat on shore. They contacted Palo Alto County Conservation who picked up and p

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LATEST UPDATE:

11 July 2017
Eating three skinned quail per day.

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3 fledgling kestrelsSioux Gateway fledgling kestrels
Patient Status: Success Stories
Admission date: 16 June 2016
Rescue Location: Sioux City

These three fledgling kestrels were blown from their nest and were rescued from the Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City. As of admit, they are not quite ready to be on their own.

LATEST UPDATE:

Late June to mid-July 2017
These three fledglings were released at SOAR.

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juvenile bald eagleRunnells HY16 bald eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 26 May 2017
Rescue Location: near Runnells in Polk County

SOAR volunteer Deb transported a lively juvenile eagle that was rescued from a ditch along a gravel road near Runnells in Polk County. We believe this female to be a hatch-year 2016 (HY16) bird. She is a bit thin at 10.5 pounds and no fractures to the

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LATEST UPDATE:

6 June 2017
Runnells is starting to make short flight attempts today. When she was first in the flight pen, only walked.

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hatchling RTHHatchling red-tail
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 5 May 2017
Rescue Location: Buchanan County

Thanks to Tracy at Wildthunder Wildlife and Animal Rehabilitation and Sanctuary for rescuing this hatchling red-tailed hawk. This hawk is too young to be out the nest and cared for by adults. Tracy had to make the tough decision to rescue when she coul

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adult trumpeterPolk County trumpeter
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 19 December 2016
Rescue Location: Polk County

It’s ‘wildlife CSI’ time as we’re really not sure what happened to this adult trumpeter swan. SOAR volunteer Deb and her ‘fave DNR officer’ were able to rescue this trumpeter that was unable to fly. Kay reports no fractures and that the swan is ‘nice a

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LATEST UPDATE:

21 December 2016
A blood lead level was drawn and much to our surprise, the swan's BLL is greater than 0.65 ppm. Usually a bird with a lead level this high would be showing some symptoms... but not swan! Chelation started.

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Euclid Ave bald eagleEuclid Ave bald eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 19 December 2016
Rescue Location: From the ice on the DSM River near Euclid Ave, Polk Co

Animal Rescue League of Iowa staff rescued this bald eagle from the Des Moines River ice near Euclid Avenue. The rescuers reported that the eagle was very uncoordinated. Polk County DNR officer took the eagle to SOAR volunteer Deb who had several admit

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LATEST UPDATE:

29 May 2017
This female bald eagle is the only one of 14 bald eagles SOAR admitted from December 2016 through March 2017 with elevated lead levels to have survived. She was released at a private gathering of rescuers on Memorial Day 2017 at Jester Park Lodge in Polk County. Iowa DNR Officer Eighmy had the honor of releasing.

Unfortunately, we must repeat ourselves... if you hunt, please hunt lead-free. If you fish, please fish lead-free.

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fishing lure stuck in pelicanWater Works Pelican
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 30 October 2016
Rescue Location: Water Works Park in Des Moines / Polk County

SOAR rescuer Deb was alerted to a pelican in need of assistance at Water Works Park in Des Moines. Thanks also to her son for assisting in the water rescue. The pelican had a fishing lure with hooks on both ends caught – one end of the lure caught on h

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LATEST UPDATE:

12 November 2016
The pelican has had antibiotics and wormer. The wound on his side was cleaned and packed with neosporin again and needs some more healing before release. We're hopeful that pelicans will still be moving through western Iowa when this one is ready for release!

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old RTHWright Co RTH
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 14 October 2016
Rescue Location: Wright County

Wright County Conservation park ranger rescued a very old red-tailed hawk that was grounded. The hawk has no fractures but the bottom of his feet are a bit blackened, electrocution. The hawk is resting comfortably in an ICU crate. As red-tailed hawks a

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LATEST UPDATE:

6 February 2017
This hawk did lose one talon on one foot, but this is an older, experienced hawk and should still be able to catch mice! Released!

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harrierNorthern Harrier
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 23 September 2016
Rescue Location: Sioux County

An adult female harrier was rescued in Sioux County. Given the time of year, we suspect she was just passing through and got into some trouble. She has a concussion and vision issues, but no broken bones. Learn more about northern harries from Cornell

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