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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    Keep Poultry Safe

    By SOAR | February 6, 2022 | Notes

    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 poultry management to protect your

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    Bald Eagle Updates

    By SOAR | January 28, 2022 | Notes, Patient Snapshots

    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 60-foot flight pen. The fractured

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    Three in Three

    By SOAR | January 8, 2022 | Notes, Patient Snapshots

    **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. This eagle was NOT in

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    SOAR receives Avangrid Foundation Grant

    By SOAR | January 7, 2022 | Notes

    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 centers as part of its

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    Adult bald eagle admitted **Update

    By SOAR | December 24, 2021 | Notes, Patient Snapshots

    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 not allowing for full extension

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    Bald Eagles Released

    By SOAR | December 23, 2021 | Notes, Patient Snapshots

    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 that had elevated lead levels.

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    Recent Owl Admits

    By SOAR | December 23, 2021 | Notes, Patient Snapshots

    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 different county’s conservation staff members.

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    Snowy admit

    By SOAR | December 7, 2021 | Notes, Patient Snapshots

    I know we talk about giving raptors space, especially those migrating to spend the winter in Iowa. If you haven’t read our story about giving raptors space, check out this post. That said, sometimes there

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    SOAR Year-end 2021

    By SOAR | November 23, 2021 | Notes

    As 2021 draws to a close, we cannot thank you enough for being by our side! Both 2020 and 2021 have been unique times to manage a non-profit that includes animals AND people. Thank you

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    2022 Building Project

    By SOAR | November 23, 2021 | Notes

    Construction of flight / exercise areas for small raptors The core piece of SOAR’s mission is to provide raptor rehabilitation. The final step in a bird’s recovery efforts is to spend time in an appropriate-sized

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