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

Humboldt HY19 bald eagle

SOAR received a call on 29 December 2022 about a bald eagle in distress near Martin Marietta Quarry in Humboldt County, Iowa. A SOAR volunteer was able to easily rescue…

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Lead in ammo and fishing tackle

While organizations, lawmakers, and agency staff have tried to encourage legislation to phase out the use of lead hunting ammunition and lead fishing tackle, both at the federal level and…

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Northern Goshawk Released

For only the second time in a now-24-year career as a raptor rehabilitator, Kay and SOAR admitted a northern goshawk that was down in mid-October along the Des Moines River…

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Decorah and Thora Chat

A day in the life…

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#GT2022 A Conversation with Kay

A SOAR volunteer interviews Kay Neumann, SOAR Executive Director, to update supporters about 2022 and plans for 2023.

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Coggon Bald Eagle Released

This bald eagle was rescued in a cattle lot near Coggon, Iowa by Wildthunder WARS, in late August. This hatch-year 2021 male was covered in mud and ‘what you’d find’…

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Over 20+ years

of helping raptors through rehabilitation, education, and research


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