SOAR News & Notes


Rough-leggeds to flight pen

24 March 2022

The two January 2022 rough-legged hawks admitted, have been moved to a 10×20 flight room in the hawk building! Kay reports they are doing well. Read about their injures here.…

Ida Grove

60-Ft flight pen update – end of February 2022

28 February 2022

You’ve no doubt heard the saying, “Change is the only constant.” The 60-foot flight pen residents change as bald eagles come from the intensive care / smaller flight pens or…

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Rough-legged hawk x 2

18 February 2022

Late January say two rough-legged hawks admitted. These hawks are on winter vacation from their extreme north breeding area. Learn more from Cornell Lab of Ornithology! Where do these hawks…

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Bald Eagle Patient Updates

18 February 2022

Here are your 17 February 2022 updates on a few bald eagle patients! Ms Pox is ready to go. She and other juvenile eagles will be soft-released together at SOAR…

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Bald Eagle Updates

28 January 2022

26 January 2022 was “moving day” for some bald eagle admits! The Jasper County / Colfax Bridge eagle (admit early December) was moved from a small flight room to the…

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Three in Three

8 January 2022

**Updates – Early December 2021 did not start out well. Three adult bald eagles admitted in three days. One bald eagle from Allamakee County was exhibiting symptoms of lead poisoning.…

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Adult bald eagle admitted **Update

24 December 2021

A mid-December update: this eagle is in the 100′ flight pen, but is not yet showing effortless flight. The worry is that the old fracture in the left wing is…

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Bald Eagles Released

23 December 2021

An adult and a hatch-year 2021 bald eagles completed their recovery and were released at SOAR on 22 December 2021! The adult bald eagle rescued in Des Moines near Halloween…

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Recent Owl Admits

23 December 2021

SOAR admitted a snowy owl on 20 December and a great horned owl on 22 December 2021. These owls have good and bad similarities. Both owls were rescued by two…

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Snowy admit

7 December 2021

I know we talk about giving raptors space, especially those migrating to spend the winter in Iowa. If you haven’t read our story about giving raptors space, check out this…