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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

286 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

13

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.

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,

3

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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2

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.

3

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.

4

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!

2

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.

2

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.

2

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.

2

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!

4

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.

1

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

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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

1 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!

1 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

1 Denise Remillard C.

Donor

Rating: 5

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