Hatchling red-tail

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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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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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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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