Category Archives: Notes

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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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.

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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tree clearing

Food Storage Building

Construction projects always take longer than anticipated! Progress is being made on the much-needed food storage building at SOAR. The location for the food shed has been cleared of overhanging trees. The location leveled and graveled. A 12′ x 28′ storage building was brought in. The interior insulation and wall covering are about complete! Next

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Change of scenery

The hatch-year 2019 bald eagles in the nursery have moved to the 20’x60’ flight pen! D33, DN9, Allamakee, and Calmar moved on 23 July and can now “start their engines” so to speak. This flight pen is large enough to allow for those necessary short flights that build muscle, stamina, and skill in landing. (Would

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juvenile bald eagle before release

Q&A: raptor admits, releases, and more

When is SOAR going to release the Decorah area eaglets? How does SOAR evaluate patients for release? How do these birds fit back into the environment? First, we should talk about how sick and injured raptors get to SOAR! SOAR receives the injured birds (usually after several phone calls, text messages, and photos to assess

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