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

Indianola Sustainability Fair

SOAR will be at the Indianola Sustainability Fair on April 1, 2023! April 1, 2023 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Indianola Middle School, Indianola, IA (Google Map link) You’ll be…

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Merlin released!

After some R&R at SOAR, this Merlin is free again. This Merlin was reported to have hit a window. Her injuries were consistent with that. She flew beautifully and exclaimed…

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Southern Iowa Lead Poisoned Eagle

**UPDATE – The Adams County bald eagle died on 11 March 2023 despite our efforts with chelation, fluid therapy, and easy-to-digest food. SOAR admitted a very, very sick bald eagle…

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Drumbeat and Eagle Release

Thanks to Rodger Routh for this fabulous video documenting a bald eagle release on 22 January 2023 at Kuehn Conservation Area in Dallas County, Iowa. The eagle released was rescued…

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14 Pounds

This adult female bald eagle is a confirmed “hit by car” as the person who hit the eagle on 2 March also called and rescue and transport was arranged to…

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“Le Pew”

The post headline – if you know, you know! Or you might say, I’m showing my age! If this were smell-o-vision you’d know this great horned owl from Polk County,…

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Over 20+ years

of helping raptors through rehabilitation, education, and research


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