SOAR News & Notes

fledgling great horned owl

A new view

2 May 2024

This fledgling great horned owl (foreground) has earned his “wings” so to speak and joined others in the great horned owl flight pen.  

young GHO

Baby Season 2024

31 March 2024

At the end of March, this young great horned owl was found in Story County, Iowa, on the ground next to a deceased sibling and was rescued. This young owl…


Deja Vu 2024

17 February 2024

February for SOAR has not been the month of love so far, but the month of lead poisoned bald eagles. Thanks to Iowa Bird Rehabilitation for rescue and meet up…

barred owl

2024 first patient

7 January 2024

This barred owl was recorded as the first admit of 2024. This barred owl was rescued from nearby Greene County, Iowa and is suspected to have been “hit by vehicle’…

short-eared owl

Admit #282 Update

30 December 2023

This short-eared owl admitted from Clay County (IA) as patient #282 has been transferred to the Polk County Conservation education permit. This owl was admitted with a very nasty swelling…

bald eagle stare

SOAR bald eagle data update

13 December 2023

Are you a middle school or high school teacher looking to use authentic data in your class? Yes, you say! Visit this page to learn about the SOAR Student Data…


barred owl needed surgery

28 November 2023

Thanks to Iowa Bird Rehabilitation for the rescue of this barred owl in Polk County, Iowa. The owl was admitted with a round-ish abscess at the wrist area on the…


#316 long-eared owl

28 November 2023

Thanks to our rehab partner in the Sioux City area (Forever Wildlife Lodge & Clinic) for rescuing this migrating long-eared owl in the Anthon area and getting owl so quickly…

nestling red-tailed hawks

Ready for soft-release!

20 November 2023

These 2023 red-tailed hawks were admitted to Iowa Bird Rehabilitation as nestlings in early May and transferred to SOAR on May 4. Both of these red-tailed hawks are zooming and…


Admit #282

19 October 2023

This short-eared owl was rescued (in Clay County, Iowa) and transported by Clay County Conservation. Woot and our thanks. This owl is number 282 on our running list of admitted…