Polk County trumpeter

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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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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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4-year-old eagleHighlandville 4-year-old bald eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 17 September 2016
Rescue Location: West of Highlandville in Winneshiek County

An Iowa DNR biologist that works in the Upper Iowa Wildlife Management Area saw, tracked, and rescued a juvenile bald eagle on the 16th.  Transport was arranged on the 17th. Kay thought during her initial field exam that just the right radius was crack

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LATEST UPDATE:

See this post (http://soarraptors.org/2017/03/releases-to-help-with-research/) about "Releases to help with research"

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silly smelly GHOHumboldt Co great horned owl
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 16 August 2016
Rescue Location: Near Bode in Humboldt Co

A resident of the small town of Bode emailed SOAR on 15 August asking if anyone was able to rescue an owl along a county road. Conservation board staff were available, but when they arrived at the address… could find no owl. Phone numbers were exchan

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LATEST UPDATE:

25 August 2016
Kay said the owl was emaciated upon arrival at SOAR, but now was eating well on his own. A round of wormer and bit more weight on him before going to the flight pen!

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common loon admitGrundy County Loon — yes, loon
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 4 April 2016
Rescue Location: SE Grundy County

This is Iowa… we might see a common loon during migration or if we vacation in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Michigan. To receive a call that someone has rescued a loon, wow, really? The loon was rescued by concerned citizens in SE Grundy County

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LATEST UPDATE:

11 April 2016
Yeah... the loon has gained a pound and now weights 5 lbs 4 oz this morning.

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Anthon bald eagleAnthon Bald Eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 12 March 2016
Rescue Location: Near Anthon, Woodbury County

A landowner out doing fieldwork noticed a bald eagle sitting in the field and only hobbled away as the tractor came closer. The landowner called a friend who is also a member of the Woodbury County Conservation Board… who called SOAR volunteer and WC

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LATEST UPDATE:

15 June 2016
Anthon has started flying 'some' in the eagle flight pen, a long ways from zooming, but is flying.

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juvenile RTH found on roadLawler Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 16 February 2016
Rescue Location: 4 miles east of Lawler, Winneshiek County

Let’s start this hawk’s story with details from the caller… “Wow! Called the sheriff’s department, who gave me the number for the DNR. Less than 30 minutes, later received a call from a raptor project in the western part of the state. They are contac

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LATEST UPDATE:

20 February 2016
The x-ray confirmed suspicion that this hawk's right humerus is fractured too close to the shoulder joint for surgery. Kay will wrap the wing and we'll try... because that is what we do... even though the prognosis for a good union of the two bone ends is not good.

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eagle admitted from Port LouisaPort Louisa Bald Eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 21 September 2015
Rescue Location: Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge

SOAR received a call that staff at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge had an adult eagle that had been hit by a vehicle that needed help. After many texts and phone calls… a refuge volunteer drove the eagle west to meet up with SOAR friend Marla. T

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LATEST UPDATE:

19 May 2016
Her tail feathers are not in the best shape, so will release at SOAR to monitor, if needed. Release will happen after area eaglets are bigger!

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