Quakerdale Snowy Owl

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snowy owlQuakerdale Snowy Owl
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 29 November 2017
Rescue Location: Quakerdale Campus, New Providence, IA

Administrative staff from Quakerdale were diligent in finding help for this snowy owl that was grounded on the property. Quakerdale staff member, Wes, kept eyes on the bird (and kept her from going toward the county blacktop) until SOAR could arrive…

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From Carroll County Conservation Naturalist, Matt Wetrich, " P-l-e-a-s-e keep the health and well-being of these owls in mind and do not approach them for better photos. If you are close enough that the owl turns it's head to look at you, your next move should be backwards - you are too close. Most of these birds have traveled several hundred miles by the time they reach here, and many are struggling to make a successful life of it here.

This time of the year they would not fly much during the day. Getting too close to them for a photo and causing them to fly makes them burn valuable calories. Your photo is not more important their life. Thank you."

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bald eagle with very elevated lead levelsJefferson Bald Eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 26 November 2017
Rescue Location: SE of Jefferson, Greene County

SOAR volunteer Deb responded to this call and followed the landowners across two fields and into some timber to rescue this bald eagle. Deb said, “… caught and loaded up where she went down…not a good sign.” Deb took the eagle to SOAR immediately a

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a sleeping eagleVan Winkle Bald Eagle
Patient Status: Current Patient
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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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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red-phase screechCrawford Co red-phase screech owl
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 2 November 2017
Rescue Location: Crawford County

This red-phase screech owl came from next door in Crawford County. Thanks to conservation board staff for help in transport. This owl was a healthy weight on admit which tells us this was a very recent accident for this owl. In this photo, you can see

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LATEST UPDATE:

7 November 2017
The eye is improving. The owl is eating on its own.

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SEOWHumboldt short-eared owl
Patient Status: Current Patient
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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juvenile swanLake View Trumpeter Swan
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 16 October 2017
Rescue Location: near Lake View, Iowa in Sac County

Thanks to Iowa DNR staff members stationed near Lake View, Iowa for rescuing this juvenile trumpeter swan. The swan has a compound humerus fracture, right wing. An x-ray was taken to check for any ingested lead, and while no ingested lead appeared, the

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LATEST UPDATE:

18 October 2017
Doc Riordan pinned the humerus in a 1.5 hour surgery.

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P-10 bald eaglePool 10 Bald Eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 1 October 2017
Rescue Location: an island in Pool 10, Mississippi River

Thanks to an alert angler / hunter on the Mississippi River near Harpers Ferry (this area is called Pool 10) for calling the USFWS with a report of an eagle not acting “eagle-y” and not flying away, but walking on the ground. The reporting party marked

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LATEST UPDATE:

3 October 2017
This eagle is definitely a female at 10.5 pounds. Her blood lead level registers "low" on the new Lead Care II machine. "Low" means < 0.033 ppm.

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hatch year 2017 peregrineAdel HY17 Peregrine
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 27 September 2017
Rescue Location: near Adel, Dallas County

This hatch-year 2017 peregrine falcon was a bit out of place walking in a cow pasture! She (?) is a bit thin and has a swollen right elbow and an abrasion on her cere. The cere is the fleshy part on the beak closest to the head. You can see the boo-boo

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GHO defensive postureWarren Co great horned owl
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 2 September 2017
Rescue Location: 1 mile west of Camp Wesley Woods, Warren County

A young boy found this owl while riding his dirt bike in the pasture. His parents made a phone call to SOAR and with guidance were able to coax Miss Owl into a dog crate. The family took this great horned owl to SOAR friend Marla! Although getting hard

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HY17 female kestrelPublic Library HY female kestrels
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 8 and 9 August 2017
Rescue Location: near Sioux City Public Library

SOAR volunteer and Woodbury County Conservation staff member, Tyler, rescued these two hatch-year female kestrels. They appear to be without injury and just need a bit more support before returning to the wild. Thanks to Kevin and Kim Gerety and family

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LATEST UPDATE:

1 November 2017
The other female needs to molt in a better tail and will over-winter at SOAR.

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