SOAR News & Notes

female merlin

Merlin released!

13 March 2023

After some R&R at SOAR, this Merlin is free again. This Merlin was reported to have hit a window. Her injuries were consistent with that. She flew beautifully and exclaimed…

bald eagle

Southern Iowa Lead Poisoned Eagle

13 March 2023

**UPDATE – The Adams County bald eagle died on 11 March 2023 despite our efforts with chelation, fluid therapy, and easy-to-digest food. SOAR admitted a very, very sick bald eagle…

adult bald eagle

Drumbeat and Eagle Release

7 March 2023

Thanks to Rodger Routh for this fabulous video documenting a bald eagle release on 22 January 2023 at Kuehn Conservation Area in Dallas County, Iowa. The eagle released was rescued…

bald eagle

14 Pounds

6 March 2023

This adult female bald eagle is a confirmed “hit by car” as the person who hit the eagle on 2 March also called and rescue and transport was arranged to…

great horned owl

“Le Pew”

1 March 2023

The post headline – if you know, you know! Or you might say, I’m showing my age! If this were smell-o-vision you’d know this great horned owl from Polk County,…

Humboldt HY19 bald eagle

Update on Humboldt HY19 eagle

27 February 2023

This HY19 bald eagle from Humboldt County, Iowa, was moved to the 60-foot flight. She immediately made flight to the high perch. She has gained 0.5 lb, but still needs…


Avangrid Foundation to support nutritional needs

15 February 2023

Avangrid Foundation Awards $136,000 In Grants To Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers SOAR receives grant for nutritional support for rehabilitating raptors and education birds! ORANGE, Conn. —February 7, 2023 — The Avangrid…

Humboldt HY19 bald eagle

Humboldt HY19 bald eagle

6 February 2023

SOAR received a call on 29 December 2022 about a bald eagle in distress near Martin Marietta Quarry in Humboldt County, Iowa. A SOAR volunteer was able to easily rescue…

non-toxic sign

Lead in ammo and fishing tackle

5 February 2023

While organizations, lawmakers, and agency staff have tried to encourage legislation to phase out the use of lead hunting ammunition and lead fishing tackle, both at the federal level and…

northern goshawk

Northern Goshawk Released

30 December 2022

For only the second time in a now-24-year career as a raptor rehabilitator, Kay and SOAR admitted a northern goshawk that was down in mid-October along the Des Moines River…