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

barred owl needed surgery

Thanks to Iowa Bird Rehabilitation for the rescue of this barred owl in Polk County, Iowa. The owl was admitted with a round-ish abscess at the wrist area on the…

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#316 long-eared owl

Thanks to our rehab partner in the Sioux City area (Forever Wildlife Lodge & Clinic) for rescuing this migrating long-eared owl in the Anthon area and getting owl so quickly…

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Ready for soft-release!

These 2023 red-tailed hawks were admitted to Iowa Bird Rehabilitation as nestlings in early May and transferred to SOAR on May 4. Both of these red-tailed hawks are zooming and…

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Admit #282

This short-eared owl was rescued (in Clay County, Iowa) and transported by Clay County Conservation. Woot and our thanks. This owl is number 282 on our running list of admitted…

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Osprey spotted!

Several conservation partners across Iowa worked with the Iowa Department of Nature Resources and energy companies from Wisconsin and Minnesota from 1997 through 2016. SOAR worked with partners to hack…

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If you hunt, use non-toxic ammunition

SOAR is a “family” of hunters that has chosen long ago to use non-toxic ammunition. We know that lead is a toxin — a poison. SOAR (and others) have documented…

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Over 20+ years

of helping raptors through rehabilitation, education, and research


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