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

Deja Vu 2024

February for SOAR has not been the month of love so far, but the month of lead poisoned bald eagles. Thanks to Iowa Bird Rehabilitation for rescue and meet up…

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2024 first patient

This barred owl was recorded as the first admit of 2024. This barred owl was rescued from nearby Greene County, Iowa and is suspected to have been “hit by vehicle’…

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Admit #282 Update

This short-eared owl admitted from Clay County (IA) as patient #282 has been transferred to the Polk County Conservation education permit. This owl was admitted with a very nasty swelling…

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SOAR bald eagle data update

Are you a middle school or high school teacher looking to use authentic data in your class? Yes, you say! Visit this page to learn about the SOAR Student Data…

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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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Over 20+ years

of helping raptors through rehabilitation, education, and research


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