SOAR News & Notes

HY21 red-tailed hawk


19 May 2021

Hatch-year 2021 (HY21) great horned and barred owls continue to be admitted. The first HY21 red-tailed hawk has also been admitted. Yes, it is always best if the raptor parent(s)…

L&D 10 eagle

L&D 10 Bald Eagle Release

14 May 2021

In mid-December, Lock &  Dam 10 (Guttenberg, IA) staff alerted the Federal Warden of an injured bald eagle. The warden rescued and met up with Wildthunder for immediate care and…

barred owl

Happy barred owl

1 May 2021

This barred owl was admitted mid-January 2021 from Marion County. A concerned citizen picked this owl up south of Knoxville on Iowa 5 in the evening and took to a…

HY21 eagle

Clarke rescued **Updated

18 March 2021

Correction! – This juvenile eagle injured / rescued in Clarke County was first identified as a first-year or hatch-year 2021 juvenile. Upon further reflection, this juvenile displayed more characteristics of…

Jones Co bald eagle

First bald eagle release in 2021

21 January 2021

This female bald eagle came to us from our colleagues at Wildthunder W.A.R.S. Wildthunder received a call from a Jones County Deputy who had a visual on an adult bald…


Release to say thank you!

21 October 2020

SOAR has conservation partners across Iowa that help with rescue and transport. We often talk about “the village” that it takes for raptor rehabilitation. These folks from Winneshiek and Fayette…

eaglet rescue

Checking on eaglets

11 June 2020

SOAR volunteer Deb is taken upriver by anglers that came upon two hatch-year 2020 bald eagles that were perched on their downed nest tree in the river. Dawson 1 and…

eagle beak

Beak Issues

11 October 2019

SOAR has admitted two bald eagles in 2019 that have beak damage. Update: Both these bald eagles were released in April 2020! Did you know that like our fingernails, the…