SOAR #GivingTuesday 2017

#GivingTuesdayAs we approach the end of the calendar year, all of us at SOAR wish to thank our supporters!

You help us in immeasurable ways – sharing our website and Facebook posts with others, reading and asking questions about this patient or that education ambassador, you donate money and you send needed supplies so we can achieve our three-fold goal of rehabilitation, education, and research. During 2017 you helped us replace our blood lead analyzer, filled our freezers with quality food, celebrated someone’s third Hatchaversary, and so much more.

On top of that, you celebrate our releases with us and shed tears of sadness when a patient does not thrive.

As the year winds down, we also want to let you know how you can help us finish out 2017 and start 2018 on a high note!

eagle to be released

A HY16 bald eagle admitted from Runnells, IA in late May 2017 was released at the 2017 Release Party at the Iowa Arboretum.

Just around the corner is the kick-off to our year-end fundraising efforts – #GivingTuesday!

Mark November 28 on your calendar as a special day to support SOAR. For #GivingTuesday 2017.

We have a year-end fundraising goal of $7,000 and that starts with #GivingTuesday!

We are so fortunate to have an anonymous donor this year that will match all #GivingTuesday donations!

For your donation to be matched, please donate via PayPal on November 28 or mail your check, postmarked November 27 to December 3! Details about the many ways to support SOAR can be found here.

Your donation will help us with several projects:

  • Repairing the roof on the 60’x100’ hawk building, extending one flight pen to 20’x70’,
  • Building a 10’x20’ stand-alone mew,
  • Help with educational programming, and
  • Put quality raptor food in the freezer.

The cool part is that we already have just over $20,000 in grants, material donations, and labor to help with these projects.

… and… we hope to have a special treat for you on #GivingTuesday – November 28, 2017! Stay tuned…

young screech owl

A hatch-year 2017 screech owl.

Thank you for caring about our feathered friends and the wildness they call home. Thank you for helping us return all that we can back to their wild home! Remember, in the words of the Lorax, “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Remember what Kay says, “Every one matters.” Every raptor and migratory bird that can be helped… matters. Every admit that we are able to release… matters. Every person that attends a SOAR program… matters.

Your donation… matters.


All the best,



Linette Bernard
Communications Director

p.s. tune into the SOAR Facebook page at 5:30 p.m. CT for a live video of Kay and Ambassador Borealis to talk about the increased sightings of snowy owls this fall.