SOAR News & Notes

HY turkey vultures

HY20 turkey vultures

5 August 2020

Two hatch-year 2020 turkey vultures were rescued after it was discovered their nest had been destroyed.

hatch-year peregrine falcon

Chillicothe hatch-year peregrine

30 June 2020

Alliant Energy employees at the Ottumwa Generating Station are very watchful of the nesting peregrines at the plant and keep an eye out for juveniles in distress when they fledge.…

hatch-year bald eagle rescue

Bald eagles Dawson 1, Dawson 2

8 June 2020

SOAR volunteer Deb was taken upriver to check on two downed eagles by the anglers that came upon them. SOAR volunteer Deb said she wasn’t dressed for a rescue when…

soot-covered barred owl

Chimney barred owl

2 April 2020

Homeowners found an adult barred owl stuck in their fireplace chimney and called the Conservation Officer. Thanks to Officer Eighmey for getting this owl removed and to SOAR volunteer Deb.…

hatchling great horned owl

Hatchling great horned owl

2 April 2020

A hatchling (also called nestling) great horned owl was found on the ground and likely fell from a nest. The young owl was bruised by the fall.

adult Cooper's hawk

Monona County adult Cooper’s hawk

30 March 2020

Monona County Conservation naturalist received a call of an injured hawk that was found near a bird feeder at the caller’s home. This adult Cooper’s hawk had a fractured right…

barred owl

Wright County barred owl

24 February 2020

An injured barred owl was found near Eagle Grove, Iowa, and picked up by SOAR at a veterinary clinic in Webster City. This owl is extremely thin and has a…

red-tailed hawk

Ringgold County adult red-tailed hawk

10 February 2020

Ringgold County Conservation rescued this male adult red-tailed hawk. The hawk has a broken bone in the left wing near the wrist. Isn’t he a pretty color?

bald eagle

Lansing adult bald eagle

1 February 2020

We love a good mystery, right? This adult bald eagle was reported down to Iowa DNR Conservation Officers and the USFWS Federal Game Warden in NE Iowa. The rescue party…


Calhoun Co Northern harrier

27 November 2019

Calhoun County Conservation rescued and transported this northern harrier that collided with something to cause a broken left humerus.