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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

254 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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SOAR has always been a place that has provided outstanding care of injured raptors that need help. The staff at SOAR are such wonderful people who will go to any lengths to locate, transport and take care of these magnificent animals. The medical care they provide to them is top notch. They also do wonderful work in educating the public about the raptors lives and needs. The work they do to advocate for these animals about the destructive effects of lead poisioning is incredible.

Judy171

Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered the Raptor Resource Project (RRP) in 2013 through their live streaming of the Decorah eagle nest and the incredible gentle lessons taught regarding the way of the eagle. I feel like I have had a new world open for me with regard to the patience and perseverance of both the eagles and the incredible folks from RRP. RRP teaches us viewers so much and in so many ways. Some is through the remarkable blogs written on the RRP research but most are though the incredible community guided by RRP that has arisen as we have shared both the miracles and sorrows of life as an eagle in the modern world. When I first experienced the late Bob Anderson, I immediately realized that he was the real deal. That his dedication and love for the raptors was a total rarity in our society. RRP contributes an incredible source of positive energy to our weary planet in each of its activities. There aren't too many people or organizations that I would say this about. A deep bow of appreciation to all the folks carrying on Bob's legacy and vision. I am proud to be a small part of this community and to make a monthly donation to its activities.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have witnessed the work of SOAR for the past three years through my watching of the Decorah Nest (live streamed by Raptor Resource Project - RRP) and the amazing rehab work they did with one of the injured eagles (D 20 aka Decorah) who could not be released. This eagle has been made an Education Ambassador by SOAR and we have been privy to the loving and expert training given to Decorah by the SOAR Director and staff. In this process, I have seen the large number of injured birds that have been successfully treated and released back into the wild. Obviously, these birds do not have insurance and there are no responsible parties to pick up the costs of medicine and food. Most notable is the dedication of this group to being available to all injured birds brought to them. They contribute a much needed positive energy to a society that is sorely in need of folks who support life. I am a proud monthly donor to SOAR and only wish that amount could be more.

Cheryl98

Donor

Rating: 5

Soar is a wonderful raptor recovery group that is dedicated to healing and saving the many Birds and raptors that come to them in increasing numbers every year. They post their stories about the raptors they are treating, and their skills and kind care are very evident. The costs for the medicine, food and treatments, etc. for these injured birds go up due to the increasing numbers of birds they care for. Some of the treated birds who are too injured to be released are instead trained to be educational ambassadors for schools and other groups. I love the way the soar people are so caring, kind and dedicated to helping all these birds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard about SOAR when they rescued the decorah Juvie. They have been so good taking care of him ! I have been so impressed with the care they take for the many , many raptors they rescue . sOAR is awesome !

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a monthly donor to SOAR. Their excellent work, both in educating the public and avian rehab, is second to none.

Donor

Rating: 5

My recently acquired hobby of Eagle -Nest Cam watching led me to the Decorah Eagle Nest Cams where I became acquainted with the SOAR Organization and the work they do in treating injured and sick Eagles. I've also learned they provide community education about raptors, their habitat and harmful threats to the raptors and their environment. I'm so grateful for their skills, dedication and advocacy for these beautiful birds and birds in general. I would not hesitate to support this organization and the work they provide. On behalf of Raptors in general and Eagles in particular, thank you for what you do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been viewing SOAR's facebook page for several years now. When I started watching the Decorah Eagles, I was so impressed by the way that SOAR took care of the injured eagles and other raptors. They are so good and kind to these beautiful birds and have been able to heal and release a lot of them back into the wild. I love SOAR!

Donor

Rating: 5

Ambassadors at SOAR Thora and Decorah...this photo was posted by SOAR 8/17/17...in updated outside weathering area...with individual pools yet! This picture made me smile and, of course, is just a part of the many services Kay, the staff and volunteers provide for our sick and injured avian population.

So, here I am for the fourth year, advocating for SOAR to be Top- Rated as a nonprofit by the group Great Nonprofits. Caring for raptors and other birds entails so much more than medical care; feeding, housing, rehabilitation services, transport are all costs that need to be covered. SOAR's extraordinary outreach to educate on ways we humans can protect our avian populations and avian environments are an ever present part of SOAR's mission.

More and more nature cams are touching human hearts, more and more human appreciation for our wild life grows, as does awareness of organizations that help our injured wildlife. My family and I have been pleased to contribute to SOAR...such a worthwhile nonprofit.



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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

S O A R does a wonderful, factual, job keeping people informed about the patients at their facility. As a viewer, I enjoy seeing the staff do their best to educate people on raptors.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a fan and follower of SOAR for the past few years. It is absolutely amazing the lengths the team goes to in order to save and heal our beautiful avian resources. I love to follow the admissions and their progress on the Facebook posts. Now my daughter and even the grandchildren are interested, and it's another generation to appreciate and protect these beautiful birds.
Mar y Jo Osterholm

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been watching the eagles' nests in Decorah Iowa and as a result became acquainted with SOAR. One year a young fledging was found with a broken wing and other issues laying at the edge of a river. That precious eaglet would have died if it hadn't been for SOAR. He had surgery on his wing but unfortunately it was broken in such an area that he would not be able to fly again So with the necessary permission....Kay at SOAR started the work of training this young eagle who is now known as DECORAH...for the important job as Ambassador to teach humans the importance of the EAGLE who represents the U.S.
I am so impressed with the wonderful job Kay has done with him. He looks regal and strong. I am so blessed to have shared in his story and have watched this magnificent eagle first emerge out of his cracked egg and grow into this majestic bird who will play his part in History!!!! God Bless SOAR...for all they do to help these magnificent Raptors who are part of the Majesty of Earth.

Donna Sommers Scottsdale, AZ

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...

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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