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Saving Our Avian Resources S O A R

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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.

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286 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.

Denise F.3

Donor

Rating: 5

My father volunteers many hours at SOAR and I'm happy to give them matching donations from the company I work at since I can't give my time. I know that my money goes directly to helping our beautiful raptors around Iowa. Dollars don't go to lining corporate pockets, they go to paying for rehabilitation surgeries, food, shelter, and other much needed medical needs. They also spend much time in educating and asking hunters to stop using lead shot as that is the number one reason for deaths among raptors, especially eagles. Kay has given her life to preserving the beauty of our raptors in Iowa.

Judy171

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Jo L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Wendy M.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Cheryl98

Donor

Rating: 5

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.



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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to several SOAR releases and educational presentations. Simply an excellent organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Jo Lynn M.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

riglet

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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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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Nancy Mogul T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people are very dedicated to saving and rehabilitating our incredible birds. The conditions they work in out in the wild are often difficult. They are impeccable professionals!

1 Sherri W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Linda Laipply J.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

Melissa L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Melinda M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

glogdog

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 nuthatches

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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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.

1 Sue_92

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Donita D.

Donor

Rating: 5

SOAR has consistently provided excellent care for injured or ill raptors. Their education programs and release events are tops!

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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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3 Mickey5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am like so many others here who were introduced to SOAR through the Decorah Eagle Cam group. And I live in Iowa, so this is a home grown place where miracles happen pretty much every day. SOAR is driven by people who belong to the “Angles Among Us” group of people that give with no boundaries of their time, their expertice, heart and tears, not everybody can do what they do especially as well as they do it. SOAR is beyond deserving of any award, praise, reward or anything positive coming their way, they teach all of us no matter your age the beauty of all wild things and the world around us,

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love following Soar and learning about wildlife. Soar has been caring for an eagle that I watched from egg to fledging to becoming disabled on the Decorah eagle cam. Mr. Decorah is teaching now thanks to Soar.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following SOAR for years and am extremely delighted that the Decorah eaglet that broke his wing is now being trained by SOAR to help teach. I am grateful for the work that SOAR does.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I also became aware of SOAR when the Decorah eagle was sent to them, to try and rehabilitate. I since have been so impressed with the care and expertise they have gven to many different raptors. They work hard to get the raptors who can return to the wild rehabilitated. And their work in the area of educating the public about lead poisoning in eagles, especially has been outstanding.

3 Elizabeth Thompson H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Like so many viewers, I became very aware of SOAR when they took on Decorah as an ambassador eagle. I have watched the Raptor Resource Project cameras for many years, but after the sad year when Decorah was injured, I began to appreciate the wider role that SOAR plays with the care of so many raptors. They taught e a great deal, but perhaps the best thing they have done is lead the charge for banning lead in ammunition, by educating all of us on the dangers of lead. I frequently reference their great library of resources on lead when talking to others. And BTW, they are my Amazon SMILES designated charity!

2 Tracy T.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I too have been following SOAR since the year Ambassador Decorah arrived with his broken wing. If it had not been for SOAR, this wonderful E, along with many others, would not have survived. The photos attached are Miss Liberty Eagle and Diva Owl...they are asking for full support of SOAR for the care of current “patients” and the future rescue or needs of our beautiful birds.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following SOAR and donating when I can since Decorah was brought in. So many of us have such a connection with him, and SOAR saved his life. Since then I have followed ALL that they do.. and find their dedication to save and rehab birds of prey amazing. Thank you SOAR! You are the best!

4 Jeny M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From animal care to education, they do it all. They are leaders in their field.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot tell you how many tears I shed when they found Mr. Decorah near the stream with his severe injuries. Then I found out about SOAR and I have been donating to them since then but not only because of Mr. Decorah, but for all of the good work they do for all avian creatures. I am grateful for the success stories and sad for the ones who can't be saved. SOAR is the best!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.