SOAR News & Notes


HY17 red-tailed hawk

3 September 2018

Concerned citizens alerted SOAR to a grounded hawk near the Tigges North Wildlife Area in Carroll County, Iowa. Kay was able to meet them there and rescue this hatch-year 2017…

HY18 bald eagle Union

Union, Iowa juvenile eagle

30 August 2018

The Conservation Officer in Hardin County was being bombarded with calls about an eagle walking the blacktop near Union and was not in the area, so got word to SOAR.…

female bald eagle

Doon bald eagle

22 February 2018

A group of friends that Alex dubbed the “Doon Boys” came upon a grounded bald eagle while out running the Rock River in Lyon County and called to report. This…

Vander Streek

Vander Streek bald eagle

20 February 2018

The landowner called in and reported a bald eagle near a creek on his property that needed assistance. The call got to both SOAR friend Marla and one of the…

Warrior bald eagle

Warrior bald eagle

14 February 2018

From HEART the Wild’s Facebook post… couldn’t have said it any better than Alex’s first hand account! “Yesterday evening (2/13), I got a call from our DNR Officer. Two snowmobilers,…

arctic phase GHO

Hospers arctic phase great horned owl

28 January 2018

This beautiful great horned owl is a winter visitor and his arctic phase coloring tells us so (notice how white the feathers are?). This owl is favoring one leg. Thanks…

short-eared owl

Menlo short-eared owl

23 January 2018

This short-eared owl was found on the road near Menlo, IA, and has fractured “finger bones” or phalanges. There is also bruising in the wing as it is droopy. Short-eared…


Dallas Co rough-legged hawk

12 January 2018

Dallas County Conservation staff rescued this rough-legged hawk. Injuries to the right wing suggest that this hawk may have had an “encounter” with a barbed wire fence. A rough-legged hawk…

turkey vulture

McCaffery the turkey vulture

6 January 2018

So… what do you do when you’re at an event and Winneshiek County Dispatch calls with a report of a turkey vulture needing assistance outside of Decorah?? First, you wonder…

snowy owls

Breda snowy owl

9 December 2017

Kay met up with Carroll County deputy to pick up a juvenile female snowy that was hit by a vehicle. She has a serious concussion. She is thin at 3…