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SOAR Patients:

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

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Van Meter horned owlVan Meter Bridge Owl
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 16 April 2019
Rescue Location: Van Meter, near bridge over Raccoon River

The Dallas County Roadside Biologist emailed photos of this owl in need of assistance. SOAR volunteer Deb rescued and reported the owl was banded but “bone thin.” The band was misshapen and was removed.  

LATEST UPDATE:

18 April 2019
The owl was sporting a USGS band. The band was crushed and misshapen so removed.

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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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I don't feel goodPolk Co red-tailed hawk
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 10 February 2019
Rescue Location: Polk County, IA

Thanks to Iowa Bird Rehabilitation (our songbird partner) for rescuing this red-tailed hawk from someone’s yard. This hawk definitely collided with something and has head injury and issues with left eye.

LATEST UPDATE:

15 February 2019
SOAR volunteer transporter Deb started this hawk on eye drops to ease the swelling and Kay reports that the eye looks much better.

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female prairie MerlinGreene Co Merlin
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 29 January 2019
Rescue Location: Greene County, Iowa

Thanks to Greene County Conservation for rescuing this Merlin. This falcon collided with something that fractured the radius and ulna in her right wing. SOAR has confirmation from another birder that this Merlin is a female prairie morph.

LATEST UPDATE:

19 February 2019
Her wing tip on the fractured wing had been frozen which caused dead tissue. The wing tip dropped off. She will be evaluated for suitability as an education bird.

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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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snowy owlLyon Co snowy owl
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 17 December 2018
Rescue Location: Lyon County, Iowa

A concerned citizen spotted this snowy owl and observed that flight was not possible. She rescued and made contact with SOAR friend and Sioux County Conservation staff member Alex. Thanks to Lyon County Conservation for helping get this owl south to Al

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LATEST UPDATE:

20 December 2018
Kay reports that this owl is underweight at 3.25 pounds. He eats two large rats a day, about twice what a healthy weight owl would eat. Cornell Lab of Ornithology lists a snowy owl weight range of 3.5-6.5 pounds. (Remember the females will weigh more.) His left wing is stiff and sore.

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great horned owlDunbar great horned owl
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 15 December 2018
Rescue Location: Dunbar Slough State Game Management Area, Greene Co, Iowa

A hunting dog pointed this grounded great horned owl and the humans with the dog were able to reach SOAR. This owl has severe bruising in the left wing, but no fracture that can be felt.

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merlinAltoona Merlin
Patient Status: Patient Archive
Admission date: 11 December 2018
Rescue Location: Altoona, Iowa

Thanks to a homeowner’s persistence, this merlin is recovering at SOAR. This merlin struck a window, likely in pursuit of a meal, and became grounded. Homeowner rescued and placed in dark, secure place and started making phone calls. A call to SOAR fri

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LATEST UPDATE:

17 December 2018
Merlin is in flight pen favoring her right shoulder, not flying yet.

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barred owlDSM Barred Owl
Patient Status: Current Patient
Admission date: 8 December 2018
Rescue Location: A McDonald's parking lot in Des Moines, Iowa

Thanks to Des Moines Animal Control for rescuing and delivering this barred owl to Jenni with Iowa Bird Rehabilitation. SOAR volunteer Cassie picked up the owl from Jenni. This owl has injuries consistent with a vehicle collision – a fractured left win

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