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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  • 11 February 2015 – best plans, no

    By SOAR | February 11, 2015 | A.I.T Decorah

    Decorah sits on the shelf-perch so he can look out the window. That is obviously more fun than sitting on the bow perch that doesn’t have quite that view. The plan WAS to put bracelets

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  • Copper!

    By SOAR | February 2, 2015 | Notes

    Make the switch! Watch this segment from Itasca Community TV (Minnesota) of Just Outdoors – Copper Bullets that talks about ballistics, shot placement, human and wildlife health, and three shooting demonstrations. (It’s not short, but

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  • Position Statements on Lead in Ammunition

    By SOAR | February 1, 2015 | Non-toxic News and Notes

    Health Risks in Lead-Based Ammunition Scientific experts in lead and environmental health have published both a consensus statement and an editorial encouraging the reduction of lead-based ammunition used with the eventual elimination of lead-based ammunition.

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  • 24 January 2015 – humans need training

    By SOAR | January 24, 2015 | A.I.T Decorah

    Terrie and Tyler are adding to their needed hours of experience and helped with Bald Eagle Days event at the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center in Nebraska. Terrie had a bit of “fist time” with

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  • A bit more about lead poisoning…

    By SOAR | January 18, 2015 | Notes

    The bald eagle admitted on 13 December 2011 that had been caught in a leg-hold trap also had elevated blood lead levels (BLL) of 9.6 µg/dL. She coughed up a pellet (accumulated undigested material, in

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  • Ambassador-in-training Decorah!

    By SOAR | January 4, 2015 | A.I.T Decorah

    Kay has received official word from US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that the 22 June 2014 juvenile eagle admitted from Decorah, IA / Winneshiek County is no longer being held under Kay’s federal rehabilitation

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  • United Nations Environment Program meeting

    By SOAR | January 2, 2015 | Non-toxic News and Notes

    The Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals adopted a resolution urging the phase-out of lead ammunition in all environments over the next three

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  • Eagle Summer 2014

    By SOAR | September 5, 2014 | Notes

    A perspective from SOAR Executive Director, Kay Neumann 5 September 2014 — Usually summers are relatively quiet here at SOAR; young kestrels and screech owls that need a little food and flight time; the occasional

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  • Eagle program and release at Lake Red Rock

    By SOAR | April 19, 2014 | Notes

    Two rehabilitated eagles were released at Lake Red Rock, below the dam at the South Tailwater Area on 19 April 2014. About 50+ folks that attended the SOAR eagle program at the Red Rock Visitor

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  • Fall Raptor Release at Whiterock Conservancy

    By SOAR | September 1, 2013 | Uncategorized

    1 September 2013 Fall Release Party Two hatch-year male kestrels, two hatch-year red-tailed hawks, and one hatch-year bald eagle were released! Kay tells “Jasper’s” story to the attendees.Kay hands off “Jasper” to John Mertz for

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