SOAR News & Notes

Change of scenery

25 July 2019

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”…

juvenile bald eagle before release

Q&A: raptor admits, releases, and more

2 July 2019

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…

female bald eagle

Thanks to a ‘village,’ female bald eagle flies free again

28 June 2019

An adult bald eagle admitted 15 February 2019 to SOAR was reported to Winneshiek County (Iowa) dispatch by MANY people driving Pole Line Road west of Decorah. Thank you to…

HY18 bald eagle

Determining Gender in Bald Eagles

19 June 2019

As part of ongoing data collection looking at bald eagles and lead exposure in birds admitted to wildlife rehabilitators in Iowa, SOAR started collecting beak depth measurements. A research paper…

HY19 RTH

Black flies once again torment

16 June 2019

Black flies are also called buffalo gnats because the very tiny fly (5-15 mm) has a humped thoracic region that might look like the hump on a buffalo / bison.…

D32

An update on D32

12 June 2019

What an eventful week! On Saturday, the other eaglet – D32 that was rescued on Friday 7 June – from the nest near the Decorah Fish Hatchery was transported to…

DN9

DN9 is also at SOAR

8 June 2019

This hatch-year (HY19) bald eagle – DN9 – from the Decorah North Nest and famous from the Raptor Resource Project (RRP) nest camera fell to the ground under the nest…

D33 gnat bites

D33 arrives at SOAR

6 June 2019

The hatch-year (HY19) bald eagle from the nest near the Decorah Fish Hatchery and famous from the Raptor Resource Project nest camera tumbled to the ground under the nest on…

draft freezer bldg

Community Foundation of Carroll County to help SOAR

26 February 2019

Early February 2019, SOAR was notified that a grant application to the Community Foundation of Carroll County was awarded to help build a much needed food storage building! When SOAR’s…

Thora

SOAR Wins Award for Excellence in Environmental Education

22 January 2019

Saving Our Avian Resources Wins Award for Excellence in Environmental Education The Iowa Association of Naturalists (IAN) and the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition (ICEC) are proud to award Saving Our…