Patient Status: Success Stories

SOAR Patients:

Some of our patients are listed below and are updated as able.

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hatch-year bald eagle rescueBald eagles Dawson 1, Dawson 2
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 8 June 2020
Rescue Location: Raccoon River, near Dawson in Dallas County

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 the local conservation officer called. Instead of picking up her grandkids… she ended

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LATEST UPDATE:

6 July 2020
The two Dawson eaglets were moved to a 10'x20' flight pen.

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bald eagleLansing adult bald eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 1 February 2020
Rescue Location: Allamakee County, between Waukon and Lansing

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 said she would fly only about 50 feet and had been dining on road-kill cafe. Once re

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LATEST UPDATE:

2 February 2020
Kay noted the eyes / nictitating membranes seemed irritated and started eye drops.

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ChipWinneshiek County bald eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 28 October 2019
Rescue Location: Found near Chipera Prairie in Winneshiek County, Iowa

The first lead poisoned bald eagle of the 2019-2020 winter / hunting season was admitted 28 October 2019 from Winneshiek County, Iowa. The Decorah nest-camera-faithful needn’t worry, this adult male is not from either the Hatchery Nest or the Decorah N

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LATEST UPDATE:

2 November 2019
Chip is still receiving chelation medication, he is eating some on his own. Not out of the woods yet.

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D32D32
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 8 June 2019
Rescue Location: in the trout stream near the Decorah Fish Hatchery

What an eventful week! On Saturday, the other eaglet – D32 that was rescued on Friday 7 June – from the nest near the Decorah Fish Hatchery was transported to SOAR. D32 had excellent care on Friday evening and Saturday morning from Raptor Resource Proj

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LATEST UPDATE:

13 June 2019
Kay assisted Drs. Riordan and Struve with surgery to straighten and stabilize D32's right tibiotarsus. The stabilization had to be from the outside (external) as both veterinarians agreed that there was no way to attach anything to the tiny piece of bone next to the joint. D32 did have an open owie near the break and a very tiny corner of bone was exposed. The leg was not stinky or pussy. The owie was cleaned, the bone straightened... then covered with an antibiotic pad and the leg "casted" in such a way to stabilize the bone but not be so tight as to reduce circulation to the toes. D32 will be in this cast for four weeks, then an x-ray check to determine if the two pieces of bone are forming a good union. All the veterinarians consulted on this think this is a long-shot, but a long-shot they were willing to take.

Now D32 needs to be kept calm, comfortable, and provided with cut-up food as standing on food to rip and tear is not something s/he needs to be doing now.

Now we wait.

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DN9DN9
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 7 June 2019
Rescue Location: Near the Decorah North Nest

This hatch-year (HY19) bald eagle – DN9 – from the Decorah North Nest and famous from the Raptor Resource Project (RRP) nest camera fell to the ground under the nest on 6 June. RRP board member, Dave K, was able to locate and rescue this eaglet on 7 Ju

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LATEST UPDATE:

11 June 2019
DN9 has been a "naughty" patient as not wanting to eat quail! Kay suspects DN9 had an upset stomach... pelleted a nasty smelling pellet complete with raccoon fur. :-/

Earlier on the 11th finally ate a quail on own.

Was given ivermectin to rid of the feather lice. Also on an antifungal as a preventative.

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D33 gnat bitesD33
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 5 June 2019
Rescue Location: near Decorah Fish Hatchery

The hatch-year (HY19) bald eagle from the nest near the Decorah Fish Hatchery and famous from the Raptor Resource Project nest camera tumbled to the ground under the nest on 5 June. Hatchery staff were alerted and the juvenile was safely retrieved and

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LATEST UPDATE:

11 June 2019
D33 is a model patient - eating two quail a day! Ambassador Decorah shared some of his trout and D33 ate two! Just like in the nest D33 can poop-shoot quite a distance, guessing 5 feet out the crate door.

D33 is ready to move out of ICU to a 10x20' flight area. It's time to stretch out those wings. Look for the move to happen later this week.

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juvenile bald eagleNew Providence juvenile bald eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 14 March 2019
Rescue Location: Hardin County

A concerned citizen was out checking on area snow pack and flooding. He came upon this juvenile bald eagle unable to fly away. The eagle has abrasions across the inside of both wings at the wrist and on the chest. The eagle also had a cut and blood on

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LATEST UPDATE:

17 April 2019
This eagle did lose part of the middle toe on the right foot, but seems to be adjusting. This juvenile has been moved to a 10' x 20' flight room to begin strength training.

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female bald eaglePole Line Rd bald eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 15 February 2019
Rescue Location: Near Pole Line Rd and US52, Decorah, IA

The bald eagle admitted 15 February 2019 was reported to Winneshiek County (Iowa) dispatch by MANY people driving a county blacktop west of Decorah. Thank you to everyone for caring enough to make a phone call. We also learned that an adult bald eagle

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LATEST UPDATE:

18 February 2019
PLR19 (Pole Line Rd 2019) is still alive. She continues to receive chelation and fluid therapy, plus an anti-inflammatory for brain swelling. This bald eagle appears to be able to see. She has received one small meal of meat and has kept that down!

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peek-a-booCharger Horned Owl
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 28 January 2019
Rescue Location: Total Motors, Le Mars, IA

From SOAR friend Alex, “Here is this unlucky guy’s story! Imagine flying around, doing your thing. You fly a little too low over the highway and are side swiped by a very nice car, a Dodge Charger to be exact! Thank you to our Park Ranger friend, Derek

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Cass County juvie bald eagleCass County hatch-year bald eagle
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories
Admission date: 9 October 2018
Rescue Location: Along IA-92 in Cass County, Iowa

Cass County Naturalist helped out SOAR and rescued an injured bald eagle along IA-92 in her county. This hatch-year female has a fractured right humerus and is a bit thin. SOAR could not do all that we do without help from other conservation staff and

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LATEST UPDATE:

29 November 2018
This youngster has improved and moved to a 10x20 flight room.

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