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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Bird Sanctuaries

Mission: Saving Our Avian Resources, SOAR is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999 dedicated to saving our avian resources through raptor rehabilitation, education, and research. SOAR maintains all necessary US Fish & Wildlife Service and Iowa DNR permits to provide the rehabilitation and education. Our Goals: ** Establish a regional raptor rehabilitation facility to serve western Iowa. ** Use personal connections with individual, wild animals to bring attention to important natural resource conservation projects and issues. ** Conserve habitat, conduct needed research, and provide educational opportunities.

Programs: Rehabilitate raptors and house and care for them until release. Also educate public and interns about raptor survival and habitat use.

Community Stories

243 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a fan, a follower, of SOAR since Ambassador Decorah was first brought to them by Bob Anderson after being rescued. I often check SOAR's Patient pages to see how current rescues are progressing. The wide variety of birds rescued, treated and rehabbed by SOAR director Kay Neumann, her staff and volunteers is uplifting; but, as a non-profit there is always a need for funds. Vet fees, test equipment, medicine, flight cages, not to mention food, are just a few of expenses in running rehab facility. I try to do my bit by buying gas cards to pass out to the volunteers who pick up and deliver injured birds to SOAR a few times a year.Besides caring for all the patients at their facility, SOAR trains and provides Ambassador birds and works with other organizations conducting research, and does education outreach. Earlier this year was heartbreaking when 13 Eagles were brought in for care and only one survived for release this summer. SOAR's multi-faceted education efforts to make the public aware of the dangers of lead poisoning are so very important...whether presenting to schools, hunting groups, conservation groups or making information available on alternatives to lead hunting and fishing to where lead free ammunition can be purchased.Every year SOAR patient intakes increase...every year the need for funds also increases.

Lynette K.

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2007 I started watching the Decorah eagles online daily. When Ambassador Decorah was saved by SOAR I was so impressed and started following SOAR on Facebook. I have always had a love for eagles since they are a symbol of our country and I am very patriotic. Eagles always come to my hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa every year from January to March and you can see them around Lake Manawa and the Missouri River. I have become a monthly donor which is an honor for me to be able to help such a great organization as SOAR who is located in my home state of Iowa. Thank you SOAR for everything you do!

iver B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best raptor rehab! Best raptor caregivers. Best providers of raptor and lead education.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SOAR is the "go to" raptor rehab center, even as far away from Dedham as Decorah. They have consistently accepted injured and sick eagles from the Decorah area on short notice and provided them exceptional care. As a community member, nominal donor and raptor (and all wildlife) lover, I appreciate their service, dedication and excellence. Thank you SOAR! Becky Burland, Decorah, IA

Denise Remillard C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Caring for wildlife, especially raptors, that suffer because of the careless behavior of some humans...

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a fan, a follower, of SOAR since Ambassador Decorah was first brought to them by Bob Anderson after being rescued. I often check SOAR's Patient pages to see how current rescues are progressing. The wide variety of birds rescued, treated and rehabbed by SOAR director Kay Neumann, her staff and volunteers is uplifting; but, as a non-profit there is always a need for funds. Vet fees, test equipment, medicine, flight cages, not to mention food, are just a few of expenses in running rehab facility. I try to do my bit by buying gas cards to pass out to the volunteers who pick up and deliver injured birds to SOAR a few times a year.

Besides caring for all the patients at their facility, SOAR trains and provides Ambassador birds and works with other organizations conducting research, and does education outreach. Earlier this year was heartbreaking when 13 Eagles were brought in for care and only one survived for release this summer. SOAR's multi-faceted education efforts to make the public aware of the dangers of lead poisoning are so very important...whether presenting to schools, hunting groups, conservation groups or making information available on alternatives to lead hunting and fishing to where lead free ammunition can be purchased.

Every year SOAR patient intakes increase...every year the need for funds also increases.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following SOAR since Ambassador Decorah was rescued by Bob Anderson of RRP, from a stream unable to fly because of a broken wing, and was turned over to the care of SOAR. Although Decorah will not be able to fly free, his journey to becoming an educational ambassador is an amazing story. Besides care and rehabilitation, SOAR also provides Invaluable education on lead free hunting and fishing by raising awareness of dangers lead is to our nation's raptors. SOAR's patient reports show the depths of their care for our raptors.

On a personal note, I have been happy to donate to SOAR, and on my past birthday, my 74th, my family knowing of my love of Eagles and support for SOAR, went to SOAR's Amazon wish list and presented me with a package of gift cards from stores on that list to forward to SOAR. An amazing gift and a joy for me to send along to SOAR.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They are constantly willing to help any raptor in need and if space might allow some others ntil can arrange appropriate placement. I especialy hard they worked to make egle DF4 from Decorah hest sight become an Ambassor eagle.

Barb P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think that SOAR does a fabulous job of rehabbing birds and doing wonderful educational programs that enhance the work that they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SOAR is a great resource for our state of Iowa. They are a wonderful and dedicated group who not only work to save injured and orphaned wildlife but are educators as well. I will continue to donate to this outstanding organization .

Donor

Rating: 5

SOAR has extremely dedicated staff who rescue, care for, rehabilitate, and release (whenever possible) injured raptors. They also provide educational programs to groups of all ages regarding man-made threats to the avian population and ways that we can co-exist successfully. Additionally, they work with local schools to provide internships for interested students. I am a proud donor.

riglet

Donor

Rating: 5

They do an excellent job rehabilitating and releasing our feathered friends! They are very much needed in this area!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I wasn't aware of this organization until the Raptor Resource Project took one of the Decorah eaglets there with a broken wing and some other problems. As soon as I read what this organization was doing I made a donation. I am very impressed with their dedication and love for these creatures. They are worthy of any and all help they receive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Maybe you've heard of the Decorah Eagles. Thousands of fans watched this eagle nest in 2014 as D18, D19 and D20 hatched and fledged from their Iowa nest. D18 and D19 both died from electrocution shortly after fledging and their younger brother, D20, broke a wing but was rescued. Our hearts were broken, but the hope that D20 might survive gave us courage. Thanks to SOAR and their veterinarian, D20 did survive the trauma of presumably being hit by a car and the surgical procedures that saved his wing. D20 was deemed to be unreleasable so SOAR obtained the necessary permit to make him an educational "Ambassador-in-Training." SOAR renamed him "Decorah" and his fans now refer to him as "Mr. Decorah." He's alive, well, happy and expertly cared for and will soon be able to help spread the conservation message for his species. Thousands love and adore this eagle and SOAR for saving his life - and his future. And who knows how many other eagles Mr. Decorah can save through SOAR's educational programs? SOAR is truly a "Great Nonprofit!"

Donita D.

Donor

Rating: 5

SOAR provides a valuable service for injured birds, as well as educating the public regarding habitat, lead poisoning, and other avian needs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SOAR provides a tremendous service for injured raptors and great educational programs for the public. Their willingness to maintain an on-line patient history is just one of the benefits they provide.

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