Patient Snapshots

L&D 10 eagle

L&D 10 Bald Eagle Release

14 May 2021

In mid-December, Lock &  Dam 10 (Guttenberg, IA) staff alerted the Federal Warden of an injured bald eagle. The warden rescued and met up with Wildthunder for immediate care and then transfer to SOAR. This bald eagle was in rough shape with a fractured left femur, a significant wound in her left wingpit, and a

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barred owl

Happy barred owl

1 May 2021

This barred owl was admitted mid-January 2021 from Marion County. A concerned citizen picked this owl up south of Knoxville on Iowa 5 in the evening and took to a SOAR volunteer the next day. The owl had broken right carpals (bones toward the tips of the wing). Owl was transported to some nice forested

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Jones Co bald eagle

First bald eagle release in 2021

21 January 2021

This female bald eagle came to us from our colleagues at Wildthunder W.A.R.S. Wildthunder received a call from a Jones County Deputy who had a visual on an adult bald eagle sitting on the side of the road not wanting to fly away. Wildthunder rescued her from the side of a road in Jones County,

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Free

Release to say thank you!

21 October 2020

SOAR has conservation partners across Iowa that help with rescue and transport. We often talk about “the village” that it takes for raptor rehabilitation. These folks from Winneshiek and Fayette County Conservation are some of the faces of our “village.” Not only do we need to say thanks to the rescuers… but also to their

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eaglet rescue

Checking on eaglets

11 June 2020

SOAR volunteer Deb is taken upriver by anglers that came upon two hatch-year 2020 bald eagles that were perched on their downed nest tree in the river. Dawson 1 and Dawson 2 were admitted to SOAR the evening of 8 June 2020.

eagle beak

Beak Issues

11 October 2019

SOAR has admitted two bald eagles in 2019 that have beak damage. Update: Both these bald eagles were released in April 2020! Did you know that like our fingernails, the outer portion of a bird’s beak is made of keratin and is always growing. The keratin covers the bony structure of the maxilla (upper jaw)

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