SOAR News & Notes

And now there are five

5 June 2024

Three hatch-year 2024 bald eagles from Urbandale / Denton were admitted to SOAR on 24 May. Read about their admit story here. This trio is in an ICU “nursery” room…

2 of the 3 eaglets

Settling in

25 May 2024

The Denton Trio are all standing and putting weight on their feet/legs. Of course, one decides to rest a leg for the picture! The Trio ate 5.5 lbs of stew…

2 of the 3 eaglets

Eaglets Admitted

24 May 2024

Powerful thunderstorms and tornadoes bounced from southwest to central Iowa and continued to the northeast on 21 May 2024. Here is a summary from the National Weather Service. Not only…

federal band

The Story of a Band Return Report

21 May 2024

A banded adult female bald eagle was transferred to SOAR from another Iowa wildlife rehabilitator on 13 May 2024. The next day, an email came in with a bird band…

hatch-year and adult barred owl

Happy Foster Mom Day

15 May 2024

Adult birds often become a “Foster Parent” to young-of-the-year in the flight pen and serve as role models for appropriate behavior! Pictured here are two barred owlets with an adult…

barred owl nestling

Many barred owlets

4 May 2024

The recent storms that moved through west central Iowa recently may have had an impact on these nestling barred owls.

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’…