Raptor rehabilitation, education, and research

Saving Our Avian Resources (SOAR) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999 dedicated to saving our avian resources through raptor rehabilitation, education, and research. SOAR maintains all necessary US Fish & Wildlife Service and Iowa DNR permits to provide the rehabilitation and education.

Rehab & Release

SOAR provides care for well over 300 birds each year that have been injured or orphaned, primarily from western Iowa.


SOAR provides educational programs with non-releasable birds of prey through out Iowa., based on your educational needs and goals.


Data collected helps with ongoing research to improve rehab techniques, prevent future mortality, and to detect threats to wildlife populations.

I found an injured bird! Now what?

Injured and sick birds need specialized diets and fluids. Do not attempt to do this yourself. It is illegal to hunt, harm, or harass — or posses any hawk, eagle, owl, falcon, or vulture — without proper US Fish and Wildlife Service and state-issued permits.

Latest News

And now there are five

Three hatch-year 2024 bald eagles from Urbandale / Denton were admitted to SOAR on 24 May. Read about their admit story here. This trio is in an ICU “nursery” room…

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Q&A: rehab of hatch-year bald eagles

How do sick and injured raptors get to SOAR? SOAR receives the injured birds (usually after several phone calls, text messages, and photos to assess the situation) with the help…

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Highlights of HY eaglets

SOAR is not new to providing rehabilitation to hatch-of-the-year bald eagles. Nor is SOAR new to providing rehabilitation to bald eagles – SOAR has 25 years of experience. Between 2012…

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Settling in

The Denton Trio are all standing and putting weight on their feet/legs. Of course, one decides to rest a leg for the picture! The Trio ate 5.5 lbs of stew…

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Eaglets Admitted

Powerful thunderstorms and tornadoes bounced from southwest to central Iowa and continued to the northeast on 21 May 2024. Here is a summary from the National Weather Service. Not only…

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The Story of a Band Return Report

A banded adult female bald eagle was transferred to SOAR from another Iowa wildlife rehabilitator on 13 May 2024. The next day, an email came in with a bird band…

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In our 25th year

of helping raptors through rehabilitation, education, and research


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