SOAR News & Notes

HY21 bald eagles


21 July 2021

Several bald eagles have showed their increased strength and stamina! These bald eagles have moved from 10×20′ flight rooms to the 20×60′ flight pen. Here the eagles have more room…

horned owl


16 July 2021

These two hatch-year 2021 great horned owls showed us how well they learned horned owl defensive posture and attitude. These two were released on 15 July 2021. Kay reported they…

hatch-year bald eagle

Hatch-year ’21 bald eagle update

7 July 2021

Two Polk County (IA) hatch-year 2021 (HY21) bald eagles needed rescue in mid-June – one from Urbandale and the other from Saylor Township. Both of the HY21 female eagles have…

HY21 Coops

Coopers released, Coopers admitted

7 July 2021

At the end of June / first part of July, a Cooper’s hawk admitted from Shenandoah, Iowa was released. This Coops was an older hatch-year 2021 bird. In the same…

HY21 bald eagle

Urbandale HY21 bald eagle

21 June 2021

A bald eagle nest in Urbandale, Iowa, is closely monitored (and has a livestream camera) by human neighbors. SOAR was alerted by nearby homeowners that one of the two eaglets…

broadwinged hawk

Two babies, two different counties

11 June 2021

These two broad-winged hawks are now unintended siblings! One broad-winged hawk is from Prairie City and has puncture wounds on its little rump. The other broad-winged hawk nestling was found…

hatchling kestrel

“Homeless” hatch-year kestrels

8 June 2021

These two hatch-year 2021 American kestrels were found in Woodbury County after their nest tree was removed. There was no where safe for the nestlings.  

teenage barred owls

Growing owls

8 June 2021

The baby owl population is growing – figuratively and literally! Hatch-year 2021 owls are still being admitted. Earlier hatch-year owl admits are growing and needing more space. These “teenage” barred…

barred owl

Barreds released

1 June 2021

Two adult barred owls were released on 31 May 2021. Birds are released back in to appropriate habitat for that species. Barred owl habitat is river bottom timber. Barred owls…

Cooper's hawk

Cooper’s released

28 May 2021

This hatch-year 2020 (HY20) Cooper’s hawk was admitted at the end of April 2020 from Dallas County, Iowa, with a bruised shoulder.