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.
I first became acquainted with SoAR when one of the eagles in a nest I was watching (via live stream) was injured and entered SOAR for rehab. The people there were just amazing. Loving, beyond competent, compassionate, and dedicated to educating the public about our avian companions. The care given to each patient is thorough and costly. They depend upon donations and I am proud of being a monthly donor. This is one organization that is making America great every day of the year!
I first met the wonderful people from SOAR when a fledgling from the nest I was watching online (Decorah) was injured. The loving and incredibly competent care freely given at SOAR was just a joy to behold. I immediately became a monthly donor since I know their operational budget is strained by the sheer number of birds they rehabilitate and (hopefully) are able to release back to the wild. Through following them, I have learned so much about how we humans can decrease obstacles to eagle survival such as getting the lead out of ammunition and retrofitting electric lines. SOAR has an educational component as well as a rehab one. Public presentations serve to educate the next generation on the importance of ensuring the survival of these birds. Well done SOAR, well done!!!
SOAR is absolutely amazing. I was traveling home to South Dakota from Carroll, IA when I observed an animal on the center line of State Highway 141. I didn’t see this perched animal move. I turned around and discovered an injured Great Horned Owl with a head injury and possibly a broken wing. I found SOAR after discovering Kay Neumann through a link on Iowa State University’s website. Kay was able to put me in touch with a local rehabber Becky Weber. I brought the owl (Lena) to Becky’s home where she cared for her for several days until Kay with SOAR was able to pick up the injured owl. Lena is now a patient with SOAR and possibly a forever resident! Thank you to SOAR and all its members for giving these avians a second chance. Attached are two photos of Lena. One the night of the accident and one several weeks later. Her pupils are still unresponsive.
This year this nonprofit is caring for 3 eaglets that I had been watching via RRP cameras and that leaped from their nests to escape the black flies. One was bone thin, another had a broken leg and all were anemic. They are in the process of rehabilitating these eaglets and other birds in the area, young and old so that they can be released in the future. My three eaglets would probably not made it had it not been for SOAR. They do a remarkable job!
I first became acquainted with SOAR 5 years ago when one of the eagles I watched on camera went down. He is now an education ambassador with SOAR and is treated like royalty. They nursed him back to health and took him in when he could not be returned to the wild. This year they took in 3 eaglets that I watched on camera and are giving them a great chance at returning to the wild. SOAR treat each patient with great care and offers them the best chance they can have at surviving on their own. I support SOAR each month and would not do so if they weren't the best. They are careful with the funds they receive and spend them wisely making them go as far as possible. They are loving and each raptor is lucky to be in their care.
SOAR does amazing work with avians, especially this year with all the bald eagles hit so hard with black flies.
They even cared for a bald eagle that broke his leg. He has a decent chance to survive just got rid of his wrap this week.
They deserve this!
SOAR Is a wonderful raptor rehab and education organization. They have now saved four of the famous Decorah And north decorah eagles.They lovingly care for all their patients. They educate about the horrible consequences on raptors and wildlife from the use of lead ammunition. They care for the poor eagles and raptors who have been sickened from ingestion of lead, many who succumb to the lead poisoning unfortunately. I greatly respect the wonderful work and care that SOAR gives its patients.
This nonprofit , SOAR , does a wonderful job rehabilitating injured and ill Raptors and other birds. Some of these are suffering from lead poisoning, and SOAR tests And treats these suffering raptors.They also have and care for raptor ambassadors, one of which is a Decorah eagle which I watched hatch, grow, And then fledge during a storm. This juvenile was taken to SOAR , after being found with numerous injuries. They took good care of him, but he couldn’t be released due to one wing being immobile. He is now an ambassador helping to educate during SOAR educational talks to various groups and schools. SOAR depends on donations to help them with the necessary medical supplies, food for the raptors, veterinarian bills, building maintenance , etc. They are a wonderful resource for all these raptors and birds in need.
I've been to several SOAR releases and educational presentations. Simply an excellent organization!
I can't possibly say enough good things about SOAR and the excellent work they do, both in avian rehab and educating the public. Simply a first-rate organization.
I have been a fan of SOAR since our beloved Decorah broke his wing 5 years ago. They did everything possible so he could return to the wild. But that was not to be. His wing healed in such a way that he would never be able to be released. Broke all our hearts. But then we found out they were given permission to keep him and train him as an ambassador. My dream came true last month when he and Kay came to Decorah, and I got to see him in person. It was overwhelming and emotional. The relationship between these 2 is amazing! S.O.A.R does an incredible job. I will continue to support them for the rest of my life!
I am so impressed with this organization that I make a monthly donation. They are a wonderful rescue and rehab especially for birds of prey. They hold a lot of events to educate and release these wonderful birds. They have rescued a few fledgling eaglets from the famous Decorah, Iowa eagle habitats. They are a small organization and are very worthy.
They do an excellent job rehabilitating and releasing our feathered friends! They are very much needed in this area!
Kay Neumann is one of the most dedicated people I have ever met. She cares for every feathered baby that comes in the door. She works tirelessly with a sick or injured bird and worries about them until they are back on the mend or has to make that difficult decision to end the suffering. It is a constant worry where the next dollar is going to come from and how she is going to feed all of them. She is constantly driving to pick up or meet someone with an injured bird and she has devoted her "extra" time to educate others about these amazing birds. She is one AWESOME person!
Two years ago I did not even know SOAR existed. After the Decorah eagles went viral, I became more interested in birds of prey. My sister met Kay and eventually we ended up at Kay's home and SOAR's home for a tour. Kay could not have been more kind and patient. She explained how the process works from intake to release or education bird. Her work is endless and she is such a dedicated person. We had a family day (The Great Outdoors) last year in May and Kay brought two birds over for it. The children, especially, and the parents were fascinated with them and she brought a new awareness of raptors to the entire group. I'm not sure how she handles the workload, but her energy and attitude are contagious and her face shines with pride when she has a "baby" ready for release. I am sure that she struggles to make ends meet, but she never gives up. I am truly honored to know her and I am in awe of her tireless work.
I love all birds, back yard bird feeder birds, birds of prey but I have to say that eagles are my very favorite! I have watched the Decorah nest cams from the first year they were installed. I eagerly watched each year and grew to love Mom and Dad Decorah and the eaglets and Bob Anderson and his crew and SOAR. I grieved when Bob passed and with each eaglet that was lost, and when Dad D. disappeared. I rejoiced with the eaglets that spread their wings and soared high in the skies. Than one year the youngest little eaglet seemed to be so lonely when his siblings fledged. He was all alone and would call to his siblings. I think (this is just my theory) he tried to join them and maybe wasn't quite ready to fly. We all know the tragic result of that attempt. Then came SOAR! Our heros! Thank heavens for the hard working, loving and caring people that work at SOAR and give of their time and efforts to treat these beautiful birds, and bring them back to health. There are many birds flying in the skies and doing.... what birds do, thanks to SOAR. Even little Decorah. He is growing into a handsome eagle (just like his dad) and though he will never fly like his siblings, he is alive and will live to be a beautiful mature eagle and educate a lot of children and adults about eagles. People that have never been up close to a real live eagle. All because of the dedicated staff at SOAR!!
We worked with this group to rescue an injured owl. Was so impressed by the speed and professionalism with which they responded. A valuable resource for our world everyday!
Like myself, I can see that many of us became aware of SOAR because of our wonderful Decorah. I find it SO AMAZING that because of his injury and SOAR taking over to help this magnificent eagle, repair his wing...and help his tail feathers come back, that Decorah for many opened the door to this incredible organization who not only helps raptors in distress but are educating the public about the symbol of our country...the EAGLE.... And that children are learning of their importance. And that these incredible birds came back from the edge of extinction. We can never allow this again. And especially since we have been given the gift of peeking into their lives in the nest, learning so much, and loving them.
SOAR is a very important organization and their work is critical to the survival of these important raptors...not only thru medical aid but also education.
Many know of SOAR through their raptor rescue and rehabilitation for birds that have been orphaned or injured, however their dedicated work in Raptor education and research is a big part of their contribution to a better world for our precious wildlife by preventing future mortality. The dedicated staff and volunteers have been known to drive miles and miles through a storm to rescue an injured raptor. Many will stay up all night to insure the well-being of their patients. These are people with a good heart, devoted to making our world a better place.
Since Mr. DECORAH was admitted, I became involved with this organization and have put pamphlets and information out in our courthouse regarding using Non Lead Ammunition and Fishing Sinkers, to raise awareness of the dangers to our Raptors. I took my grandchildren to 3 releases where we helped braid and create the leads for the staff to use while training these birds. The education from these releases helps awaken young and old minds to the wonders as well as the dangers to these birds. An organization I will continue to support
SOAR is trying to make a difference in the raptor world by saving raptors, educating the public, and doing comprehensive research particularly about the effect of lead poisoning on raptors and usage of alternative means to hunt and fish lead-free. I too, became more familiar with Saving Our Avian Resources when Kay Neumann and her organization took over the care of Ambassador Decorah back in June 2014. I have come to respect and admire their hard work and dedication. Besides holding educational events where the public gets to meet and learn about various raptors, SOAR is involved with middle school and high school students with an eagle research student database online off of their webpage. SOAR is also responsible for compiling data from all wildlife rehabilitators in Iowa from 2004-2014 which involved the bald eagles admitted and lead poisoning. Their study is published online in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. They are truly one of the "Greater Nonprofits" around. 5 stars from me. Thanks, SOAR.
I contribute to SOAR because of all of the wonderful work they do trying to save raptors. They work tirelessly and endless hours. They've saved many raptors from dying from lead poisoning too and those that can't be rehabbed back into the wild are still given a life. Many thanks to Kay Neumann and her staff.
I have been a follower of S O A R since the Decorah rescue of one of our fledglings. I follow them closely and see many rescues that S O A R has done. And oh my, videos of releases. How special is that. I personally think this is one of the best organizations that our Raptors have. They treat them with respect and realize the give that God gave us to take care of
There are so many organizations that help Raptors. I first came to know SOAR thru the Decorah Eagles cam. Since then I have supported them thru contributions and the most powerful support is thru prayer. There education program is outstanding and there tireless efforts to Rehabilitate and release is nothing short of amazing.
Kay is an amazing educator and have personally witnessed some of these sessions. Soar is an amazing group of rehabilitators and ask that God bless their work and dedication.
This is an amazing organization I have been aware of for several years now. Most recently they have taken on the responsibility of repairing and rehabbing the wing of a juvenile eagle from Decorah who fledged too early. With the Decorah nest being one of the most watched live cams ever, we were all thrilled to have SOAR take him on!! Thank you SOAR
SOAR has consistently provided excellent care for injured or ill raptors. Their education programs and release events are tops!
SOAR provides a valuable service for injured birds, as well as educating the public regarding habitat, lead poisoning, and other avian needs.