Category Archives: Notes

teenage barred owls

Growing owls

The baby owl population is growing – figuratively and literally! Hatch-year 2021 owls are still being admitted. Earlier hatch-year owl admits are growing and needing more space. These “teenage” barred owls are just starting to take short flights and will be moved to a larger flight area soon.   These hatch-year 2021 screech owls were

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barred owl

Barreds released

Two adult barred owls were released on 31 May 2021. Birds are released back in to appropriate habitat for that species. Barred owl habitat is river bottom timber. Barred owls will move along the river corridor to find an open spot to claim.  

HY21 red-tailed hawk

Babies

Hatch-year 2021 (HY21) great horned and barred owls continue to be admitted. The first HY21 red-tailed hawk has also been admitted. Yes, it is always best if the raptor parent(s) raise their young. Sometimes intervention is the best course of action when the nest or nest cavity cannot be located, adults are not present, or

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young barred owl

Sometimes young birds do need help

Yes, it is always best if the raptor parent(s) raise their young. Knowing when to intervene is difficult. Many patients admitted in the spring and even into the summer are still considered nestlings (can also be called hatchlings) and they should still be in their nest but for unknown reason(s) are not. Below are terms

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adult bald eagle

By the numbers

While 2020 is thankfully in the rear-view, SOAR is not quite done collecting bald eagle data for 2020. There are still what are termed active or pending bald eagle admits from last year. In 2020, SOAR admitted 77 bald eagles from across Iowa. Even though 12 bald eagles are still actively in rehab, most all

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camera

Do no harm

We should all observe good raptor viewing etiquette, not only during the nesting season, but also during migration and the winter months when many raptors will gather together in good hunting areas. Snowy owls are migrating and are in the usual haunts along the coast in New England. Check out the picture with this Facebook

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#GivingTuesday

2020 year-end fundraiser

#GivingTuesday is on 1 December 2020! Giving Tuesday also marks the start of SOAR’s year-end fundraising. Our fundraising needs this year are not all that “exciting,” but very necessary! Your year-end donation will help us replace an aging washing machine – we know… not sexy, but oh so necessary – with a commercial grade machine

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eagle landing

Year-end 2020

2020 has been a memorable year, albeit not one we’d like to repeat. In 2020, SOAR was again awarded a “top-rated” status from Great Nonprofits and has earned the GuideStar Bronze Seal of Transparency. Scroll to the footer to see both of these badges! What do these designations mean for the donor? Click over to

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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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