SOAR News & Notes

young male kestrel

Recent Releases

4 September 2021

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!

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Juvenile bald eagle updates

8 August 2021

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

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

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!  

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…