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.

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Education

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

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Research

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

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HY22 bald eagle

Difficulties of a young bald eagle

25 September 2022
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Several concerned citizens noticed a young bald eagle sitting on the road, sitting on the edge of the road, and on the edge of a cornfield and made phone calls

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to be released

A few of the July 2022 releases

6 August 2022
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Two kestrels released… songbirds not happy. Released three hatch-year 2022 (HY22) red-tailed hawks… plus one adult in early July.   Towards the end of July, one adult and one HY22

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Bald Eagles Released on Independence Day 2022

5 July 2022
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The first release video is of an adult male bald eagle rescued in Cass County, Iowa with elevated lead levels in early May 2022. The second release video is of

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HBC bald eagle

Colfax Bridge Eagle Released

10 May 2022
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Early May was a happy dance day for the adult bald eagle “Colfax Bridge.” This eagle took wild flight once again along the North Raccoon River, in east central Carroll

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bald eagle stare

Early April Admits

15 April 2022
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I’m sure our readers know our dislike of barbed wire… this short-eared owl was rescued in Story County after being found caught in barbed wire. Our hope is that any

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Merlin

Released 9 April 2022

11 April 2022

SOAR is thankful for the good weather this past weekend to release some very ready patients! Two barred owls were released along the Raccoon River. Here is the “thank you

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LeadCare II

Recent research on adverse effects of lead

6 April 2022
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This study looks back on how past lead exposures can still impact adults of today. Researchers note that, “We estimate that over 170 million Americans alive today were exposed to

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leggings

Rough-leggeds to flight pen

24 March 2022
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The two January 2022 rough-legged hawks admitted, have been moved to a 10×20 flight room in the hawk building! Kay reports they are doing well. Read about their injures here.

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flying free

Out the door!

20 March 2022

Recovering from injury and gaining back muscle strength is hard work! To give these ready-to-go birds their best chance, releases happen when the seasonal temps are moderate and no storms

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Ida Grove

60-Ft flight pen update – end of February 2022

28 February 2022
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You’ve no doubt heard the saying, “Change is the only constant.” The 60-foot flight pen residents change as bald eagles come from the intensive care / smaller flight pens or

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