SOAR News & Notes

female merlin

Merlin released!

13 March 2023
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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
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**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
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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
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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
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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
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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…

Humboldt HY19 bald eagle

Humboldt HY19 bald eagle

6 February 2023
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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…

HY22 Hubbard bald eagle

Hubbard bald eagle released

27 October 2022
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It’s always a good day when a raptor in need of assistance has been rescued and shows they are ready for release! 26 October 2022 was the day for our…

HY22 bald eagle

Difficulties of a young bald eagle

25 September 2022
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Several concerned citizens noticed a young bald eagle sitting on the road, sitting on the edge of the road, and on the edge of a cornfield near the town of…

to be released

A few of the July 2022 releases

6 August 2022
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Two kestrels released… songbirds not happy. Released three hatch-year 2022 (HY22) red-tailed hawks… plus one adult in early July.   Towards the end of July, one adult and one HY22…