Patient Snapshots

pelican

Peli and horned owls released

16 October 2021
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In early October, a young pelican at Swan Lake State Park was reported to be not acting like a wild bird – this peli let people get far too close! This pelican was picked up and taken to SOAR for an exam. Turned out this pelican lacked energy from being thin and dealing with external

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HY21 eagle

Clarke rescued

16 October 2021
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Many thanks to the family that rescued this hatch-year 2021 bald eagle. Unfortunately, we know this eagle was, as we say, HBC or “hit by car.” The rescuing family was in the vehicle that struck this young eagle as he flew straight up out of the ditch. The driver did slow, but still impacted this

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Laurel on the high perch

16 October 2021
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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: https://soarraptors.org/2021/09/mid-september-admits/ 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

Bald Eagle Released

5 October 2021
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The rescuers of this bald eagle were able to join us at the 2021 Annual Release and open this eagle’s crate door! [That right there should tell you how feisty this girl is!]

Ms Pox

Mid-September Admits

27 September 2021
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Birdie migration has begun! With that, we expect to see a few raptors get themselves in a pickle and need an assist. With some species, like bald eagles, we can tell adults from juveniles, while in most species by this time of the year juveniles and adults look the same. Alex from Sioux County (Iowa)

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soft release door

Eagles soft-released

15 September 2021
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This picture details who went where last week! Two eagles were moved to the 100′ flight pen and the others were soft released on 11 September 2021. A soft-release is one where after the ready patient is used to eating and navigating in that flight pen, the hack window / door is then opened and

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eagle stuck

Crusher

13 September 2021
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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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young male kestrel

Recent Releases

4 September 2021
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On 2 September 2021, two kestrels, two great horned owls, and two hatch-year 2021 turkey vultures were released. The vultures left the building… sort of!

adult bald eagle

Adult bald eagle admitted

8 August 2021
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On 7 August 2021, a concerned citizen in Crawford County (IA) called SOAR to report a bald eagle in need of assistance. This adult bald eagle is very thin and dehydrated plus has an old fracture to the left ulna. The fractures is starting to heal and the wing is fairly straight, so time will

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60 ft flight pen

Juvenile bald eagle updates

8 August 2021
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5 August 2021 was a big day for bald eagles at SOAR! The hatch-year 2021 (HY21) bald eagles from Polk County Urbandale/DH7 and Saylor/56th place have moved to the 100 ft flight pen. Whew. They are zooming and with the low light conditions in the 100 ft flight pen, that makes it incredibly difficult to

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