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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Groundbreaking study

18 February 2022
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The first study of lead poisoning of wildlife at a nationwide scale This multi-year study finds high levels of lead in bald and golden eagles in 38 states. From the

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Rough-legged hawk x 2

18 February 2022

Late January say two rough-legged hawks admitted. These hawks are on winter vacation from their extreme north breeding area. Learn more from Cornell Lab of Ornithology! Where do these hawks

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Bald Eagle Patient Updates

18 February 2022

Here are your 17 February 2022 updates on a few bald eagle patients! Ms Pox is ready to go. She and other juvenile eagles will be soft-released together at SOAR

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Keep Poultry Safe

6 February 2022

Are you one of a growing number of folks with your own backyard / country chicken flock? Here are a couple links to help you design your poultry house and

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Bald Eagle Updates

28 January 2022
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26 January 2022 was “moving day” for some bald eagle admits! The Jasper County / Colfax Bridge eagle (admit early December) was moved from a small flight room to the

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Three in Three

8 January 2022
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**Updates – Early December 2021 did not start out well. Three adult bald eagles admitted in three days. One bald eagle from Allamakee County was exhibiting symptoms of lead poisoning.

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SOAR receives Avangrid Foundation Grant

7 January 2022

The Avangrid Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of leading sustainable energy company AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), announced January 6, 2022, a total of $100,000 in grants to 13 wildlife rehabilitation

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adult bald eagle

Adult bald eagle admitted **Update

24 December 2021
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A mid-December update: this eagle is in the 100′ flight pen, but is not yet showing effortless flight. The worry is that the old fracture in the left wing is

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Bald Eagles Released

23 December 2021
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An adult and a hatch-year 2021 bald eagles completed their recovery and were released at SOAR on 22 December 2021! The adult bald eagle rescued in Des Moines near Halloween

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Recent Owl Admits

23 December 2021
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SOAR admitted a snowy owl on 20 December and a great horned owl on 22 December 2021. These owls have good and bad similarities. Both owls were rescued by two

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