Author Archives: SOAR - Linette

Release Party

2020 Release Party – Virtual

This is not the release party WE wanted, but on the sunny side, many folks from outside Iowa tuned in for the live broadcast. Thank you one and all. While it was a feel-good to have you watch as seven raptors were released to fly the skies once again, WE missed the interactions with the

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Decorah

Decorah – A day in the life!

It’s been six years since D20 was admitted to SOAR after a too-soon-fledge (22 June 2014), enjoy this video compilation of Ambassador Decorah to commemorate! Check out this FAQ (and answers) all about Decorah! Decorah is showing us all how to take it easy during this time of human health concerns, working from home, and

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eaglet rescue

Checking on eaglets

SOAR volunteer Deb is taken upriver by anglers that came upon two hatch-year 2020 bald eagles that were perched on their downed nest tree in the river. Dawson 1 and Dawson 2 were admitted to SOAR the evening of 8 June 2020.

wind turbines

Research to help raptors

University of Minnesota Raptor Center researchers are evaluating raptor’s response to sounds. Funding from the US Department of Energy is allowing researchers to determine what sounds eagles and red-tailed hawks can hear in hopes of finding a noise deterrent to add to wind turbines in hopes of preventing injuries. The full story here from Minnesota

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Avangrid Fdtn

Additions to programs

With the help of an Avangrid Foundation grant, SOAR will be able to add to and update our teaching collection and enhance our educational outreach portion of our mission. Education programs stress our mission of raptor rehabilitation, education, and research and are planned with schools and organizations and also for public events. SOAR education programs

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eagle beak

Beak Issues

SOAR has admitted two bald eagles in 2019 that have beak damage. Update: Both these bald eagles were released in April 2020! Did you know that like our fingernails, the outer portion of a bird’s beak is made of keratin and is always growing. The keratin covers the bony structure of the maxilla (upper jaw)

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D32

Still busy here, a few updates

Some businesses have peak busy times and slow times. The business of wildlife rehabilitation is a constant busy. (long post warning… but you’ll want to read clear to the end) Thirty raptors were admitted to SOAR from 1 September to 4 October 2019. The admits included 9 bald eagles, 3 barred owls, 1 broad-winged hawk,

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eagle-sized bird band

Banding birds vs telemetry

Because of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and associated regulations, all bird banding is done under a Federal Banding and Marking Permit from the US Geological Survey. The permit outlines allowed species and activities (what are you trying to learn), as well as all the individuals allowed to help with that project. All bird banding

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telemetry unit

Releases to help with research

The Midwest Bald Eagle Telemetry Study Bald eagle populations have increased dramatically over the past 30 years across North America. The Upper Midwest, which houses one of the densest populations of bald eagles in North America, has experienced dramatic increases in the number of breeding and wintering eagles since the 1970s.  For example, In 2014,

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