SOAR News & Notes

bald eagle

Three in Three

8 January 2022

**Updates – Early December 2021 did not start out well. Three adult bald eagles admitted in three days. One bald eagle from Allamakee County was exhibiting symptoms of lead poisoning.…


SOAR receives Avangrid Foundation Grant

7 January 2022

The Avangrid Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of leading sustainable energy company AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), announced January 6, 2022, a total of $100,000 in grants to 13 wildlife rehabilitation…

adult bald eagle

Adult bald eagle admitted **Update

24 December 2021

A mid-December update: this eagle is in the 100′ flight pen, but is not yet showing effortless flight. The worry is that the old fracture in the left wing is…

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Bald Eagles Released

23 December 2021

An adult and a hatch-year 2021 bald eagles completed their recovery and were released at SOAR on 22 December 2021! The adult bald eagle rescued in Des Moines near Halloween…

great horned owl

Recent Owl Admits

23 December 2021

SOAR admitted a snowy owl on 20 December and a great horned owl on 22 December 2021. These owls have good and bad similarities. Both owls were rescued by two…

snowy owl

Snowy admit

7 December 2021

I know we talk about giving raptors space, especially those migrating to spend the winter in Iowa. If you haven’t read our story about giving raptors space, check out this…

young male kestrel

SOAR Year-end 2021

23 November 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, we cannot thank you enough for being by our side! Both 2020 and 2021 have been unique times to manage a non-profit that includes…

young screech owl

2022 Building Project

23 November 2021

Construction of flight / exercise areas for small raptors The core piece of SOAR’s mission is to provide raptor rehabilitation. The final step in a bird’s recovery efforts is to…

snowy owl

Give them space

22 November 2021

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…

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Updates – Halloween admits from NW Iowa

18 November 2021

Two admits on 31 October 2021 have moved from intensive care to flight pens! Both of these raptors were rescued in Woodbury County, Iowa. The hatch-year female peregrine falcon is…