SOAR News & Notes

pelican

Peli and horned owls released

16 October 2021
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In early October, a young pelican at Swan Lake State Park was reported to be not acting like a wild bird – this peli let people get far too close!…

Laurel on the high perch

16 October 2021
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Laurel is a hatch-year 2021 bald eagle from south of the town of Laurel, Iowa in Marshall County. Here’s a snippet of her admit: https://soarraptors.org/2021/09/mid-september-admits/ After a month in rehab,…

eagle flying

Bald Eagle Released

5 October 2021
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The rescuers of this bald eagle were able to join us at the 2021 Annual Release and open this eagle’s crate door! [That right there should tell you how feisty…

Ms Pox

Mid-September Admits

27 September 2021
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Birdie migration has begun! With that, we expect to see a few raptors get themselves in a pickle and need an assist. With some species, like bald eagles, we can…

soft release door

Eagles soft-released

15 September 2021
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This picture details who went where last week! Two eagles were moved to the 100′ flight pen and the others were soft released on 11 September 2021. A soft-release is…

eagle stuck

Crusher

13 September 2021
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This hatch-year 2021 (HY21) bald eagle found herself in a predicament! For some reason she got down inside a rock and gravel crusher and once there did not have enough…

young male kestrel

Recent Releases

4 September 2021
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On 2 September 2021, two kestrels, two great horned owls, and two hatch-year 2021 turkey vultures were released. The vultures left the building… sort of!

60 ft flight pen

Juvenile bald eagle updates

8 August 2021
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5 August 2021 was a big day for bald eagles at SOAR! The hatch-year 2021 (HY21) bald eagles from Polk County Urbandale/DH7 and Saylor/56th place have moved to the 100…

adult bald eagle

Adult Bald Eagle Release

8 August 2021
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An adult bald eagle that was transferred from Wildthunder W.A.R.S. for continued care and strength training in the 100′ flight pen was released on 4 August 2021. Kay reported that…

HY21 kestrel

Feathered Rockets

25 July 2021
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Three hatch-year 2021 kestrels were released 25 July 2021! Kay described them as “little rockets.” To date, 20 hatch-year ’21 kestrels have been released!