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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.

Community Stories

257 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.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What SOAR does to rescue and rehabilitate bald eagles and other birds of prey is amazing.

dragonfly7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched this organization help raptors since they first took in an eagle now known as Decorah. They are very dedicated to the preservation and assistance to injured raptors and to educating the public about the needs of these magnificent birds. I support them through donations by listing them as the agency to get funds from the Amazon Smile program.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The dedication and skill these people show in helping rescue and heal these birds is outstanding. The education they provide to the public is so important to continue to protect and support our avian friends.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SOAR was part of our first Gladys Black Day event celebrating "Iowa's Bird Lady". The presentation was loved by our visitors. SOAR shares great information on the care of injured birds and protection of our natural wildlife habitats. SOAR wiLl be at our 2nd annual Gladys Black Day September 17th and the town is looking forward to seeing them again.

1 Dawn149

Client Served

Rating: 5

They care so much and work way above the call of duty to help injured and orphaned raptors.

1 Ann_143

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SOAR is caring for an eaglet that I watched grow up from Decorah that suffered a broken wing and is non-releasable. He is now an ambassador in training. I have watched SOAR care for many before him. It's a wonderful organization that saves avian lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From the first time I saw a presentation by Kay Neuman and the folks at SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources), I was totally hooked by all the good these people do on a daily basis. They not only rescue, rehabilitate, and release these beautiful raptors, but they also advocate for them and educate the people, which is equally important to the health of these fine raptors. Thank you, SOAR, for all that you do!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Came across SOAR from following the Decorah Eagles webcam and Raptor Resource Project. The dedication of Kay and her volunteers is amazing. I've learned tons about raptors and other birds and owe much of it to SOAR!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to SOAR by a friend who was following the Decorah Eagles. I have learned so much in the past 2 years. My husband and I have turned out yard into a paradise for birds, butterflies and bees. I have learned the dangers that raptors face as they learn to live with humans and what to try to fix through Advocacy.

SOARS just doesn't advocate it helps people advocate. It is a superior organization that is aiming to help save part of our endangered Earth. Of all organizations they deserve the top award.

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Donor

Rating: 5

In 2001 I was introduced to an Eagle family through a live video stream. I began to learn not only about the life of an Eagle but about man made dangers to all raptors. I then learned of Two organizations heavily and successfully involved in saving them, Saving Our Avian Resources being one. SOAR has done wonders to protect our beautiful raptors as well as educate the general public and organizations and then work with them to make a difference. I've been following SOAR for four years and support their cause through donations and bringing awareness to my local agencies.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found SOAR on accident and have followed them for 3 years now. They work so hard to help our feathered friends. I have learned so much about what it takes to get these birds back to the wild. What it takes to train a eagle for being an educational bird. They do a wonderful job. They have made me laugh and made me cry. But I still tune in every day to check and see what is going on. Please keep up the work that you do. Thank you Kay for taking time out of your busy schedual to give up dates and educating us on how to help the birds in our part of the country.

1 redtail29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SOAR - Saving Our Avian Resources celebrated 15 years as an Iowa non-profit in 2014. What a milestone. The milestone for 2015 will be a record number of raptors and migratory birds admitted. The dedication that Kay and her team of volunteer rescuers and transporters continue to amaze...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SOAR - Saving Our Avian Resources continues to grow each year -- both in number of raptor and migratory bird patients, but also in support from those living in Iowa and those connected to us by a common ideal. Having worked with Kay for over 20 years, her passion for raptor rehabilitation, raptor education, and raptor research continues to inspire the people she meets, encouraging each one to do what they can... I hope, if you're reading this, that you have or will visit the website (www.soarraptors.org) and the Facebook page and that you will support SOAR in whatever way you can.

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1 Steph D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed SOAR for several years and so impressed with the work they do. They are caring and so ready to help any raptor that is brought to them or that they go to and transport. I urge anyone who loves wild life to support this group!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched the care with which they work with raptors. Helping them to become health again. They will use every resource they haven to work with these birds. This is the best non profit I have been associate with!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people at SOAR are amazing. They take in our feathered friends from all over Iowa and also spend time to educate the public on conservation. I am so glad they have taken a role in protecting Decorah, the eagle that couldn't be released into the wild.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Super special group of volunteers who definitely deserve our help

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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 first learned of SOAR when the young eagle named DJ was struck by a car and was cared for until she recovered and was released. I continue to follow the good works that SOAR does. The more I learn about SOAR, the more I realize that SOAR more than qualifies to be put on the top-rated animal welfare nonprofit's list.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is dynamic, energetic, and perfectly functional, for the betterment of the world we live in.
It full of selfless people who ask nothing in return for the important work they do.
I thank goodness every day for the fact that they exist!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the caring folks at SOAR. For all the wonderful work you do... THANK YOU

3 Polly5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a spectacular organization and team! They go above and beyond to provide assistance to our treasured eagles and more! They are a blessing and I thank God for them. Polly Bunker-Appleton, WI