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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Laurel on the high perch

Laurel is a hatch-year 2021 bald eagle from south of the town of Laurel, Iowa in Marshall County. Here’s a snippet of her admit: After a month in rehab, this girl is just now getting to the high perch in the 60′ flight pen. This just tells us that she was pretty banged up

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eagle flying

2021 Annual Release Recap

We musts give thanks to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for hosting SOAR’s 2021 annual release celebration at the former Iowa 4-H Camp! We estimated about 120 folks celebrated these raptors return to the skies. Enjoy this collection of photos! Thanks to photographers Terrie Hoefer and Christopher Knisley. Photo attribution got lopped off in the

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Annual Release Soon

SOAR’s annual release celebration has a new location for 2021! Sunday, October 3, 2021 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The former Iowa 4-H Camp, 1991 Peach Ave, Madrid, Iowa Our host for this event is the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF). INHF purchased the entire property from the Iowa 4-H Foundation to protect the camp’s natural

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eagle stuck


This hatch-year 2021 (HY21) bald eagle found herself in a predicament! For some reason she got down inside a rock and gravel crusher and once there did not have enough room to spread her wings and get herself out. (This happened a few years back to another HY21 bald eagle that got stuck in a

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