SOAR News & Notes


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…


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…

Habitat is where it’s at!

4 August 2023

Check out this owl habitat! Two hatch-year great horned owls were released near this intersection on 3 August!  

barred owl in intensive care crate

It’s all about… habitat!

1 August 2023

Two adult barred owls were released on Owl Avenue in the Des Moines River Valley on the way to an owl program! Check out this habitat.    

adult and hatch-year great horned owls

Baby Season 2023

14 May 2023

Baby season has been here for over a month! So far in 2023, SOAR has admitted baby great horned owls, baby barred owls, baby screech owls, and baby red-tailed hawks.…

very sick eagle

Not a good spring

19 April 2023

2023 is not starting out well for bald eagle admits to SOAR. <insert sad face here> To date, SOAR has admitted 25 bald eagles. 15 of the 25 have elevated…

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…