Saving Our Avian Resources (SOAR) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999 dedicated to saving our avian resources through raptor rehabilitation, education, and research. SOAR maintains all necessary US Fish & Wildlife Service and Iowa DNR permits to provide the rehabilitation and education.

Rehab & Release

SOAR provides care for well over 300 birds each year that have been injured or orphaned, primarily from western Iowa.

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Education

SOAR provides educational programs with non-releasable birds of prey through out Iowa., based on your educational needs and goals.

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Research

Data collected helps with ongoing research to improve rehab techniques, prevent future mortality, and to detect threats to wildlife populations.

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The madness continues…

18 March 2016

As of 15 March 2016, SOAR has admitted 14 bald eagles. Here are some sobering details about these eagles: 5 were DOA (dead on arrival) and 3 died within 24

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Op-Ed Piece from Carroll Henderson

18 March 2016
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Comments relating to a proposal to require nontoxic shot on Minnesota’s Wildlife Management Areas Carroll Henderson, 10 March 2016 The below is a transcript of what Carroll said at the

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Another Conservation Board Approves use of Lead-free Shot and Tackle in Areas

3 March 2016

Press release from the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board: “The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board will be requiring the use of non-toxic shot and tackle on its hunting & fishing areas within

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Time on the Bow Perch

23 February 2016

Terrie spent Saturday 20 February 2016 at SOAR helping with many tasks! Decorah also had practice stepping to Kay’s fist, maintaining balance while Kay walked to the bow perch, and

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Absolutely maddening!

12 February 2016

In just over two months time, six bald eagles have been admitted to SOAR. One juvenile female and one adult were DOA (dead on arrival), the adult just last evening

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Ah… the weather?!

15 January 2016

From where I sit, the weather is certainly feeling like January! Neighbors with livestock are taking this ‘warmer’ day to bed down livestock and make sure plenty of feed is

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Great time at 2016 Clinton Bald Eagle Day!

11 January 2016

Thanks to Pam Steinhaus, Visitor Services Manager, US Fish and Wildlife Service and all the volunteers from the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge for all their work to

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Website has a new look

4 January 2016

Welcome to the updated SOAR website! The biggest reason for the new design is this one is responsive to mobile devices. (I learned that the site is best viewed on

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Thank you for your support in 2015

28 December 2015

Raptor viewing etiquette

15 December 2015

We should all observe good raptor viewing etiquette, not only during the nesting season, but also during migration and the winter months when many raptors will gather together in good

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