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

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

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7 July 2015 – feathers

7 July 2015

Several have asked about tail feather progress… Kay is maintaining Decorah’s low-stress conditions to give his tail feathers the best opportunity to grow in all the way. Kay reports that

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Great Horned Owls Released

5 July 2015

A hatch-year and adult great horned owl were quietly released at Dickson Timber in Carroll County on 3 July 2015.

I’ve lost count…

22 June 2015

Webmaster has lost count on the number of screech owl hatchlings admitted, however the database says that 18 hatch-year 2015 screech owls have been admitted through early June. Most are

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Two 2014 juvenile eagles admits released

20 June 2015

Two HY14 eagles admitted summer 2014 were released at SOAR on 18 June 2015. Project AWARE, admitted 17 July 2014, and Clay, admitted 9 August 2014, were both very sick

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6 June 2015 – first molt

6 June 2015

Now is the time for birds of many species to be molting out old feathers and growing in new feathers. Raptors molt one or two feathers at a time so

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Loess Hills Prairie Seminar Release

5 June 2015

SOAR has been a part of the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar (LHPS) for many years, educating attendees about the importance of quality habitat for raptors and also natural history and

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Golden Eagle Satellite Tracking

4 June 2015

Check out the golden eagle research being conducted near Missoula, Montana by Raptor View Research Institute.

5 May 2015 – anklets

5 May 2015

Shortly after the first pair of anklets were put on Decorah… Kay realized just how much smaller he is than Thora. The anklets were too big for him and would

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7 April 2015 – first anklets

7 April 2015

Today was a big day in this young eagle’s life. We’ve been so busy, none of us realized that today was the one-year anniversary of Decorah’s hatch. Seldom do we

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Ocean Mysteries: Plight of the condors

2 April 2015

This clip first aired on 7 February 2015 and is now on Hulu… sorry there are ads… Steve Corwin and crew visit the Ventana Wildlife Society condor recovery area in

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