Raptor rehabilitation, education, and research

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.


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


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

I found an injured bird! Now what?

Injured and sick birds need specialized diets and fluids. Do not attempt to do this yourself. It is illegal to hunt, harm, or harass — or posses any hawk, eagle, owl, falcon, or vulture — without proper US Fish and Wildlife Service and state-issued permits.

Latest News

Not a good spring

2023 is not starting out well for bald eagle admits to SOAR. <insert sad face here> To date, SOAR has admitted 25 bald eagles. 15 of the 25 have elevated…

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Windsor Heights Earth Day

Join SOAR for the city of Windsor Heights, Iowa Earth Day Celebration 2023! April 22, 2023 Noon to 3:00 p.m. Colby Park, Windsor Heights Community Center (Google Map Link) After…

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Earth Sweep 2023

SOAR will be at the Earth Sweep 2023 event in Marion County! Update – the program has moved to the Marion County Extension Office due to the weather. April 22,…

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Indianola Sustainability Fair

SOAR will be at the Indianola Sustainability Fair on April 1, 2023! April 1, 2023 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Indianola Middle School, Indianola, IA (Google Map link) You’ll be…

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Merlin released!

After some R&R at SOAR, this Merlin is free again. This Merlin was reported to have hit a window. Her injuries were consistent with that. She flew beautifully and exclaimed…

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Southern Iowa Lead Poisoned Eagle

**UPDATE – The Adams County bald eagle died on 11 March 2023 despite our efforts with chelation, fluid therapy, and easy-to-digest food. SOAR admitted a very, very sick bald eagle…

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Over 20+ years

of helping raptors through rehabilitation, education, and research


Your donation supports patient care, care of our education ambassador team, helps provide educational programming, and continue our research efforts. Click the button below!