Patient Status: Success Stories

SOAR Patients:

Some of our patients are listed below and are updated as able.

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female bald eagleDoon bald eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 22 February 2018
Rescue Location: on the Rock River near Doon, IA, in Lyon County

A group of friends that Alex dubbed the “Doon Boys” came upon a grounded bald eagle while out running the Rock River in Lyon County and called to report. This female bald eagle has HI blood lead levels and chelation therapy to remove the lead from her

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LATEST UPDATE:

27 February 2018
Mutes are looking better and better. Still hand feeding.

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Vander StreekVander Streek bald eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 20 February 2018
Rescue Location: South of Pella, Marion County, IA

The landowner called in and reported a bald eagle near a creek on his property that needed assistance. The call got to both SOAR friend Marla and one of the DNR wardens in Marion County. No one is quite sure what got this female bald eagle down, but wh

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LATEST UPDATE:

27 February 2018
She is ready to leave her ICU crate. She was moved to the flight pen on 2/28/18!

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Warrior bald eagleWarrior bald eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 14 February 2018
Rescue Location: on the ice of the Big Sioux River, Sioux County, Iowa

From HEART the Wild’s Facebook post… couldn’t have said it any better than Alex’s first hand account! “Yesterday evening (2/13), I got a call from our DNR Officer. Two snowmobilers, Jeremie and his brother Lance, came across a sick looking eagle on t

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LATEST UPDATE:

15 February 2018
X-ray indicates Warrior was not shot and does not have any lead fragments in his digestive tract. He was started on an anti-inflammatory medicine to hopefully help with the brain swelling and seizures.

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arctic phase GHOHospers arctic phase great horned owl
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 28 January 2018
Rescue Location: Hospers, Iowa, Sioux County

This beautiful great horned owl is a winter visitor and his arctic phase coloring tells us so (notice how white the feathers are?). This owl is favoring one leg. Thanks to Alex and Heart the Wild for the rescue.

LATEST UPDATE:

22 February 2018
This owl is putting weight on both legs evenly now. Will go to the flight pen soon.

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short-eared owlMenlo short-eared owl
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 23 January 2018
Rescue Location: Near Menlo, IA in Guthrie County

This short-eared owl was found on the road near Menlo, IA, and has fractured “finger bones” or phalanges. There is also bruising in the wing as it is droopy. Short-eared owls are an Iowa endangered species primarily due to habitat loss. Short-eared owl

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LATEST UPDATE:

17 February 2018
This owl is a flight pen.

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RLHADallas Co rough-legged hawk
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 12 January 2018
Rescue Location: Dallas County, IA

Dallas County Conservation staff rescued this rough-legged hawk. Injuries to the right wing suggest that this hawk may have had an “encounter” with a barbed wire fence. A rough-legged hawk is unique in that the feathers on the legs go all the way down

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LATEST UPDATE:

17 February 2018
This hawk is in the flight pen.

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turkey vultureMcCaffery the turkey vulture
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 6 January 2018
Rescue Location: Near McCaffery's Dolce Vita & Twin Springs Bakery, Decorah, IA

So… what do you do when you’re at an event and Winneshiek County Dispatch calls with a report of a turkey vulture needing assistance outside of Decorah?? First, you wonder if it is really a turkey vulture… then you call a falconer you know in that

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LATEST UPDATE:

11 January 2018
Kay reports that McCaffery eats whatever is put in front of him.

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snowy owlsBreda snowy owl
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 9 December 2017
Rescue Location: Near Breda in Carroll County

Kay met up with Carroll County deputy to pick up a juvenile female snowy that was hit by a vehicle. She has a serious concussion. She is thin at 3 pounds. In the photo, Breda is on the left and Quaker is on the right.

LATEST UPDATE:

3 January 2018
Breda is in the flight pen with Quaker.

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a sleeping eagleVan Winkle Bald Eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 20 November 2017
Rescue Location: Franklin County

Our friend, Brody, with Franklin County Conservation called on the 20th that they had report of a farmer finding a dead eagle where he was doing fieldwork. Brody called back to say the eagle wasn’t dead, but appeared barely alive and laying on his back

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LATEST UPDATE:

23 November 2017
The eagle is standing and later this day was awake enough to receive fluids. Ate food offered with forceps in the evening.

Now, we're thinking this eagle was reacting like there was anesthesia in his system?? Just enough for a very deep sleep, thankfully not Rip Van Winkle's 20 years.

Where could a wild animal not under the care of a rehabilitator or veterinarian "get" anesthesia - by eating an animal that was euthanized but not properly disposed. We have no idea how fast a euthanasia drug would metabolize in the next animal (i.e. this eagle) to know how far he flew before he was too impaired to continue.

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SEOWHumboldt short-eared owl
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 31 October 2017
Rescue Location: Humboldt County

As with most of our admits, little is known about this owl… other than it is VERY emaciated! The short-eared owl is on the Iowa endangered species list. This owl is a ground nester and depends on large tracts of grassland. In Iowa, the Neal Smith Nat

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LATEST UPDATE:

7 November 2017
The owl has progressed to eating on its own! This owl will stay in ICU to more easily monitor food consumption (and output!) until weight is back in the normal range.

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