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

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snowy owlLyon Co snowy owl
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 17 December 2018
Rescue Location: Lyon County, Iowa

A concerned citizen spotted this snowy owl and observed that flight was not possible. She rescued and made contact with SOAR friend and Sioux County Conservation staff member Alex. Thanks to Lyon County Conservation for helping get this owl south to Al

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LATEST UPDATE:

20 December 2018
Kay reports that this owl is underweight at 3.25 pounds. He eats two large rats a day, about twice what a healthy weight owl would eat. Cornell Lab of Ornithology lists a snowy owl weight range of 3.5-6.5 pounds. (Remember the females will weigh more.) His left wing is stiff and sore.

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great horned owlDunbar great horned owl
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 15 December 2018
Rescue Location: Dunbar Slough State Game Management Area, Greene Co, Iowa

A hunting dog pointed this grounded great horned owl and the humans with the dog were able to reach SOAR. This owl has severe bruising in the left wing, but no fracture that can be felt.

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merlinAltoona Merlin
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 11 December 2018
Rescue Location: Altoona, Iowa

Thanks to a homeowner’s persistence, this merlin is recovering at SOAR. This merlin struck a window, likely in pursuit of a meal, and became grounded. Homeowner rescued and placed in dark, secure place and started making phone calls. A call to SOAR fri

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LATEST UPDATE:

17 December 2018
Merlin is in flight pen favoring her right shoulder, not flying yet.

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barred owlDSM Barred Owl
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 8 December 2018
Rescue Location: A McDonald's parking lot in Des Moines, Iowa

Thanks to Des Moines Animal Control for rescuing and delivering this barred owl to Jenni with Iowa Bird Rehabilitation. SOAR volunteer Cassie picked up the owl from Jenni. This owl has injuries consistent with a vehicle collision – a fractured left win

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great horned owlPolk County Horned Owl
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 30 November 2018
Rescue Location: Polk County

The beauty of a great horned owl has a wound at the right elbow. Bones are not involved, but not sure of what soft tissue damage there may be. Thanks to Des Moines Animal Control for rescuing and taking to Iowa Bird Rehabilitation for overnight care.

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barred owlVeteran’s Day barred owl
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 11 November 2018
Rescue Location: Polk County

This barred owl admitted on Veteran’s Day with both a fractured humerus (upper wing bone) and tibiotarsus (lower leg bone). This is all wrapped up and in ICU. Owl is readily eating cut-up food.

LATEST UPDATE:

12 December 2018
The leg bone did not heal, is what is termed a non-union.

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HY18 red-tailed hawkHatch-year red-tailed hawk from Dike, Iowa
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 10 October 2018
Rescue Location: near Dike, Iowa

A call about this HY18 red-tailed hawk came thanks to one of our personal veterinarians! The landowners reported seeing this hawk at the back of their property for a couple days and called their vet clinic for help. He is very thin and has some bumps a

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LATEST UPDATE:

11 December 2018
This hawk did lose toe #4 on his right foot, but is doing well in spite of that.

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Cass County juvie bald eagleCass County hatch-year bald eagle
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 9 October 2018
Rescue Location: Along IA-92 in Cass County, Iowa

Cass County Naturalist helped out SOAR and rescued an injured bald eagle along IA-92 in her county. This hatch-year female has a fractured right humerus and is a bit thin. SOAR could not do all that we do without help from other conservation staff and

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LATEST UPDATE:

29 November 2018
This youngster has improved and moved to a 10x20 flight room.

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immature loonPage County loon
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 8 October 2018
Rescue Location: Clarinda, Iowa

Loons, grebes, and other water-loving birds with their legs at the ‘way back’ of their body cannot take off from land… they need a running / paddling start from water to get airborne. These same birds can mistake wet pavement or puddles on pavement f

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Jackson Junction HY18 eagleJackson Junction hatch-year 2018 bald eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 4 October 2018
Rescue Location: along IA-24 in Jackson Junction, Iowa

SOAR received a call from Winneshiek County dispatch with a report of an eagle along the side of IA-24. The calling party even had an address and last seen location. The problem is that SOAR’s usual go-to-rescuers in the Decorah area were not available

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LATEST UPDATE:

11 October 2018
After being hand fed for a week, she has now 'graduated' to eating cut-up food on her own. She is still in ICU so she doesn't try any dramatic moves just yet.

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