Maffit Reservoir trumpeter swan

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trumpeter swanMaffit Reservoir trumpeter swan
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 4 January 2018
Rescue Location: Maffit Reservoir, SW of Des Moines

Jenni, our go-to songbird rehabilitator received a call on 3 January about a swan needing assistance. The next day, Deb and Cynthia were able to locate the swan, catch, load on a sled, and Deb transported to SOAR. A blood lead test was done that day an

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LATEST UPDATE:

11 January 2018
Kay reports that the "most awful green poop" is still coming out of the swan. Fortunately swan is eating and drinking well. Chelation continues.

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juvie bald eagleRed Oak juvenile bald eagle
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 21 December 2017
Rescue Location: Montgomery County

This juvenile male bald eagle was rescued by the Iowa DNR conservation officer who met up with Cassie for transport to SOAR. This youngster has a fractured right tibio-tarsus. He was very lethargic and 7.5 pounds on admit. Better news is that his blood

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LATEST UPDATE:

11 January 2018
His right leg is still splinted but is now starting to put weight on that leg.

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GHOGuthrie Center great horned owl
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 10 December 2017
Rescue Location: Rural Guthrie County

Concerned citizen found a great horned owl in a ditch south of Guthrie Center, not wanting to fly. Cassie reported that both wings have some bruising and swelling and the owl is very, very feisty!

LATEST UPDATE:

18 January 2018
Moved to the flight pen.

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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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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: 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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red-phase screechCrawford Co red-phase screech owl
Patient Status: Patient Archive
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: 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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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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