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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

295 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.

Debby G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following the Decorah Eagles for the first time this year and when one of our babies needed help, SOAR was there. I live in VA and will probably never make it to Decorah, Iowa but I am so impressed with SOAR and the Raptor Resource Project and have learned so much and am so thankful to have found both groups to follow and read and learn from. They seem very dedicated and I wish there was more I could do to help them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great caring organization that puts the needs & care of injured birds first. Very impressed with the professionalism & organization of SOAR.

Margie R.

Donor

Rating: 5

The dedication they have shown for rescuing and rehabilitating birds is amazing. The birds get the best possible care. SOAR does a great job of communicating with donors and FB followers so everyone knows what is happening. I'm so glad this group is there to help birds in Iowa and neighboring states.

Kate78

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SOAR has consistently proven their passion for rescuing, treating and rehabilitating birds to be returned to the wild. They have built a wonderful network of volunteers in their area, and complete amazing work with few resources. Their educational programs are a wealth of information to people of all ages, and most importantly, demonstrate the importance and joy of caring for the creatures around us.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To know you have a group of people around that do such great work for all Avians is a treasure that cannot be duplicated. They care for injured birds and if possible they return them to the wild, how amazing is that. For SOAR to be recognized would awesome and a gift would be so wisely used. I wish to ask that they be recognized and the work they have done for the Decorah eagle, Mr. Soar, brings tears of joy and thanks. Saving our precious American symbol is something I push for everyday and Kay doing her ultimate best shows the wonderful folks in this world. Thanks and my vote is a 5+

Donor

Rating: 5

The dedicated workers at SOAR in Dedham, IA. are the best!!! They are so very busy helping all raptors but they take the time to keep us all informed. They are "ANGELS" and amazing! Sometimes we wonder when they get any rest or sleep! We love and appreciate all they do!
Cork & Barb from Wisconsin

Tracey17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about SOAR when the Decorah Eaglet was rescued from a creek with a broken wing. I began watching the Eagle nest cam at Berry College in GA. When B3 fledged - I needed my eagle fix and found the Decorah nest cam. OMG - 3 babies in one nest!! I was captivated and became very attached to them - especially the smallest one. I knew in my heart it was too early for the little guy to leave the nest - but there he went anyway - bold, brave and proud. I was devastated to hear that he was injured but very relieved to know that he is in such good hands at SOAR. I check the SOAR patient updates daily and love the pictures they post. I am so very impressed by the level of genuine care and concern that all of the staff have for the critters they care for. Not only do they treat their illness and injury, but they educate the public about the different critters. I would have never known how beautiful a red tailed hawk is if SOAR had not posted pictures of one in their care. Today I learned about baby kestrels they just rescued from a fallen branch in a storm - little tiny baby birds who are not even feathered yet, they are still fluffy fuzz balls! So cute - I had never heard of a kestrel until today. I would not have independently sought out information about different birds without SOAR and I appreciate all that they do to care for the critters who are in need. In my opinion, SOAR is the best non-profit in the world!!

Donor

Rating: 5

This past spring has been exceptionally difficult for the raptors in the Mid West. Thanks to SOAR, many have been rescued and rehabbed in order to be released back into the wild. With no other funds than from donors, SOAR has managed an amazing success rate! their educational programs are the best. Without SOAR and other rehab facilities like them, our raptor population would diminish. Without the educational work they do, children of all ages and adults would not understand the need to safe our raptors for future generations. it is an exceptional organization!!

Lynn75

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just learned of SOAR in June 2014 and have been following on their website and FB daily ever since. They are extremely dedicated folks who take care of injured and sick raptors at all hours of day/night. Learned of their amazing work and educational programs as a result following the progress of the injured Decorah eaglet. Their expertise, resourcefulness, and dedication are amazing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SOAR saved one of the Decorah juvie eagles and knowing how many people are concerned about the eagle, they give us updates on his condition. SOAR is constantly saving birds and you can follow their progress from beginning to release on their website. There are a lot of very caring people in this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the most hard working and dedicated nonprofits I'm familiar with. I became acquainted with this organization when they became so instrumental in helping with the rescue and recovery of one of our beloved Decorah eagle babies. But in reading their posts and articles available on the Internet they are dedicated to the rescue and recovery of many, many other raptors, young and adult who are hurt or sick. Their work is dedicated and constant. They work tirelessly for hours and hours every single day to help restore these beautiful creatures to the wild where they belong. They've developed a network of other volunteers to help with transport and medical care when needed. They're excellent at keeping those of us who follow the website updated on the progress and status of those in their care for which we are very thankful.

Stacy41

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Constantly help recover our raptors from disease and injury. Found out about them when Decorah Juvie was rescued.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of Soar watching the Decorah Eagles from laying three wonderful eggs till the fledging and beyond.....How wonderful this place is...They had me crying with their help and taking care and still taking care of the animals, birds and wonder in their area...They were so wonderful helping two of the Eaglets survive and they rescued D20 when she broke her wing...I am totally in awe of his wonderful place and want to thank them for all they do....Their care and dedication and compassion is beyond anything I have ever seen before...Because of them these birds, animals feathered friends can be rehabilitated and turned back into the world....This SOAR deserves so much ...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Sour when they helped one of the Decorah Eagles. They are so dedicated
to the sick and injured Birds. I am amazed how they keep us updated with news and pictures.i will be happy to donate to Soar.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Decorah Eagle watcher, I am thankful to SOAR for caring for our beloved D20, also known as Soar.
Shortly after fledging he was rescued from a creek by Bob Anderson of RRP (Raptor Resource Project), and transferred to SOAR for immediate attention. His subsequent diagnosis, surgery and continued rehab from a broken wing is made easier for all of us who are concerned about our avian life, knowing he is in the best of care.

Thank you SOAR from the bottom of my heart for being there and giving your all to rehabilitate these wonderful, amazing raptors.

Becky64

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this profit helps with theses wonderful birds that are either ill or hurt and they rescue them. when I first started to watch them I fell in love instantly. I've always loved seeing people help hurt and ill animals and when I found them I was attached and every day I check up and hope to see a update on my little birds.

Lorie N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SOAR...I a great place!!! I never herd of SOAR until Decorah Eagle went there and is still there being well taking care of!!
I have read about so many different birds being helped, and some being released back to where they belong.
Thank you SOAR for all your hard work!!

Jo__27

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit does amazing work for our feathered friends. Their care, dedication and compassion is beyond words. It is my first year watching the Decorah eagles and the love that they showed in taking care of our D20. We know you will keep us posted as he recovers. Thank you for your amazing work.

Brenda61

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about S O A R this year when one of the Decorah Eaglets suffered a broken wing and was taken there for surgery and rehabilitation. Since then I have checked out S.O.A.R.'s website and have read numerous stories of their good deeds. I applaud all of their hard work and dedication to all of the birds that they care for. They do amazing work with the birds, and are obviously passionate about what they do. I just wish I lived closer to them so I could become involved as well.

Barbara177

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is my 1st year watching Decorah eaglets. I am completely hooked and blessed. Thanks to FB I see the importance of SOAR as part of the survival of our babies. I am forever grateful for all the hard work and tireless hours. They are wonderful. Thank you for all you do. Barbara from California.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm another fan of the Decorah Bald Eagle family, since 2011, and also of Raptor Resource Project since that time. IF I hadn't found an unusual feather on the ground (and took a photo of it with my cellphone), next to some large, empty egg shells, on some land up in the north GA mountains I wouldn't have found the Decorah Eagle-cam. In searching for an ID for the feather, I found the RRP link. I was hooked on E1 from the moment he hatched. I'm still hooked. A few months after I saw that feather I had the privilege of seeing a juvenile Bald Eagle about 12-feet from the window over my kitchen sink. He was sitting on a dead Dogwood limb at the corner of the deck. (I've seen a lot of hawks in my backyard during the 26 years I've lived there but none of them compared to the giant-sized raptor who was calmly sitting there looking back at me!) Although I was mesmerized I inched slowly to the right to grab my digital camera and when I inched my way back to try and get a photo he was gone. But even now I can close my eyes and see him. It's my wish that every American get to see a beautiful, healthy Bald Eagle during their lifetime. People at SOAR are doing their part toward making that happen! Are you? Donate $$$ today!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow the Decorha Eagles on Upatreaam. This year one of the fledglings broke a wing. Soar picked up the eagle, surgery was done and updates are on their site frequently. Plus all the other rescues they do. Their work is invaluable. Their web site is amazing and all the work that they do is a blessing to all the injured birds. thank you Carole Millard

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I, like many others, have recently been exposed to SOAR and the wonderful mission they are accomplishing in Iowa and the surrounding area. I have deep admiration for the professional way they treat their "patients" and for the tireless effort that they exhibit in rescuing all types of raptors. It seems that they are always available to pick them up and lend a hand where needed. They have excellent facilities to care for these magnificient creatures and always seem to have room for one more. From what I have observed, their success with rehabilitation and return to the wild is remarkable.

Robin109

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about this group from their involvement to help the Decorah eagle. I have learned a lot through their website and their dedication to help the avian wildlife. They have been phenomenal and I wish that more people knew about them, that there were more organizations like them to help.

I enjoy their website and following them on all their activities!
Robin

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following eagle sites for years and when a Decorah juvenile was hurt earlier this year, SOAR came to the rescue.

I have read a lot about the organization since then because of the great work they do and also because I am seriously considering going to join them as a volunteer in saving the beautiful birds of this world.

They are dedicated, patient, kind and awfully overworked. I am so impressed by all they do.

I recommend they be awarded the status of a VERY Great Nonprofit. They certainly deserve the recognition.

Thank you.

Donor

Rating: 5

This year is my first experience with tragedy at eagle's nests and have found this organization to be one that steps up and is there to give aid to these creatures unconditionally. The care and concern they show for these birds is outstanding as well as the information shared with the outside community on preservation and protection. They go above and beyond what one would expect. To come on a daily basis to check-in on the patients and see their progress - not always pleasant, but it's LIFE up close and personal. Keep up the good work!

1 Oma S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am an eagleholic!! I watched Mom and Dad Decorah; build their nest, Mom lay each of her three eggs; Mom and Dad take turns incubating their future eaglets for a long time, thru snow, rain and ice; watched with joy as each eaglet "pipped" its way out of the shell. I watched everyday for over 5 months. Unfortunately, our eaglets did not fledge well and one was seriously injured; along came SOAR to the rescue. Our youngest eaglet is in their care for a long term and Kay and her staff are giving our little one tender loving care. SOAR is also sending updates and photos of our wounded eaglet so we can keep up with him. I am so grateful to Bob Anderson of RRP for finding our "baby" and for Kay/SOAR for their incredible loving care. Thanks to both RRP and SOAR.

Susan322

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a long time Decorah Eagle nest watcher, I have learned more and more about the ups and downs of the lives of these magestic birds. This year's almost tragedy was turned to hopefulness by the incredible efforts of SOAR. Not only 'our' bird was assisted but on a daily basis many new patients are brought in for their excellent professional care. SOAR is 'high touch' in keeping us Decorah eagle fans informed of progress and that is also greatly appreciated. They are an incredible resource for our nation.

Donna161

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people at SOAR are a phenomenal caring, time giving group of people helping those avians that need it. These birds are amazing creatures and living with the issues of the modern world and be somewhat dangerous, deadly and trying. There also ought to be some advantages to it also.
This non - profit group is one of the BEST advantages. They rescue, nurse, feed and make the public aware of the wonderful birds around us. THEY DESERVE 10 STARS for their love and dedication to
the birds they are helping. They also take care of people like myself by giving us wonderful updates to their activities and giving us opportunities to make the environment a better place for these magnificent animals.

YEAH TO SOAR - SAVING OUR AVIAN RESOURCES------------ AND THEY ARE!!!!!!!!!!

Karin11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of Saving Our Avian Resources from the Decorah Eagle nest. They do a great job helping our nation's birds get the rehab they need to hopefully be released. They also have a great presence on Facebook; allowing me to keep up with pictures and reports.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Watched Decorah Eagles from eggs to fledge when one of our eaglets was found injured. SOAR came to the rescue and helped this eaglet. I learned by following the young eaglet all the work and energy they use to save our birds.

Sandy72

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came upon the Raptor Resource Project on Facebook. I was given an awesome opportunity to watch and learn about Decorah Eagles. I watched the parents raise the juvies and when they fledged, D 20 was found with a broken wing. They called SOAR to help with the juvie. They shared his injuries with us and the care and love the eaglet was receiving was incredible. I did not know they (SOAR) existed, but thru this, I have learned much about eagles, falcons, and their goals for these wonderful beautiful birds they care for and help return them to their natural surroundings. Thanks is not enough to give, but loving is more. That is what SOAR offers. Love, experience, knowledge.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While following the Decorah Eagles through Raptor Resource Project this year, I abruptly became aware of SOAR when they began to care for one of our injured eaglets. I was amazed at the thoroughness and extent of their work with our eaglet and with all their other many patients, and also at the outreach and education programs they maintain. Each patient is individual and important to them, and, inevitably, to anyone who is exposed to their programs. Through their programs people are not only made aware of the obstacles birds in the wild face--both from nature but largely from man--but also of the value of each life. In spite of limited manpower, they go above and beyond to do all they can for their patients--and for us who get involved with them.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SOAR does everything in their power to heal the sick or injured birds that are treated in their facility.They have programs to educate the public as well. I became aware of SOAR through the Decorah Eagles and Raptor Resource Project. Keep up the great work, SOAR!

1 Kristi K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

S.O.A.R is a wonderful nonprofit organization that helps rescue birds of prey. The people who work there spend their lives dedicated to this cause. They are all truly wonderful stewards of society and help keep our birds of prey alive with wonderful people working to keep our future birds of prey population alive. They also promote great educational programs for the public. Wonderful people; great cause!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of SOAR through the Raptor Resource Project and the Decorah, Iowa eagles. Being that one of the fledglings is now in their care, I have become much more aware of the amazing and wonderful work they do. I am also a volunteer with the NH Audubon Society and have been working with their eagle and raptor projects for a number of years now, so SOAR means a great deal to me, knowing that these magnificent birds can be cared for so well, and hopefully released to the wild again. Thank you for all you do!!

1 Wendy95

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned of SOAR when they took in the Decorah Juvenile. I have been following them since. They do so much for our raptor families and it is good to know they are out there watching over such magnificent creatures. I can only imagine the countless hours they put in to care for them. No dime is spared with them.....they do everything in their power to make sure these birds take flight once again. Thank you SOAR for taking care of "Four" and all the other amazing raptors!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became aware of SOAR through the Raptor Resource Project. My eyes were really opened to the many injured birds needing help (many because of humans). SOAR is a great source for information concerning many birds. When patients are admitted, they explain the reason for their admission and leave updates on their condition. The birds final outcome, both good or bad are also reported (some are released back to the wild & some do not make it). I am amazed at the amount of birds that are successfully released (many with pictures & videos)! They give these birds every chance possible to recover and fly free. Birds not able to be released are used in educating the public about these raptors and the many problems facing them in the wild. They explain what the public can do to help prevent these birds sicknesses and injuries. I am in awe of what these people do for our raptors. I recommend SOAR if you are looking for a great non-profit to support!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If SOAR only cured the animals that come to their door they would be doing an incredible job. But they do far more. They educate also. This is a wonderful organization and they deserve all the support we can get them. I didn't know much about the problem of lead until i learned about it from SOAR. They are not only helping the injured-they are educating us all and perhaps a few less will be disabled or killed by lead poisoning. Thank You SOAR for ALL that you do.

Sue_91

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a follower of the Decorah Eagles, I am very grateful to SOAR for the fabulous work they do. It is truly a caring group of people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are so caring for the animals and making people aware of Raptors I am a Decorah Eagles fan

Donor

Rating: 5

Along with many other eagle watchers, I became aware of SOAR when they took in an injured eaglet from Decorah, Iowa. The care given to the eaglet was excellent including surgery to repair his broken wing. They also provide updates and education to the many concerned Decorah eagle fans with patience, grace and humor.
Now, we all need to realize that this famous eaglet is by no means their only patient. SOAR rescues and rehabilitates raptors from throughout western Iowa. Unfortunately, they are very busy with sick and injured birds.
When not tending to patients, SOAR is also working to reintroduce osprey to Iowa. They provide education to the public using educational ambassadors - birds who were too badly injured to be released back to the wild. They work to get the word out on how people can help reduce bird injuries and deaths through things such as switching to non-lead shot and tackle (to prevent lead poisoning which kills many eagles) and making windows and power poles less dangerous to birds. I learned about most of these issues/efforts through SOAR's excellent website.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people do fantastic things to help heal and release the raptors in our state. We are so thankful for all that they do. They make all the birds life better and by doing so, help and heal the people in this state. They truly are a remarkable organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was not aware of their program until our Decorah baby eagle was transferred there for care. I have only one adjective to describe this group of selfless, intelligent, uber-caring individuals and it is "WOW." I am amazed by this organization and all the good they do for our avian friends and those who love them through their educational outreach. I only hope that they always receive more than adequate financial help to continue their work. The world would be a much sadder place for all, human and animal, without this group of dedicated staff members and volunteers.

Sonia K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so impressed and in awe of this organization. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, for all you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SOAR has been an enormous part of my first grade classroom this year. We have followed the life journey of the Decorah eagles and when one of the juvenile eagles suffered a broken wing, SOAR was there every step of the way to care for this special bird. They have kept us very informed of the eagle's recovery process through posts and pictures. What an outstanding learning experience for my class. We have also been able to learn about the other birds cared for through this nonprofit and the educational programs they provide. We have learned so much through the expertise and kindness of this group. They have made a lifetime impact on all of us.

Lynsie P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is absolutely Amazing what these people do. They heal the broken but also heal the spirit. Not many people can handle raptors, but it seems these wonderful individuals can not only handle them, but set them free.

Sue_90

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So thankful for this organization for all they do in taking in the raptors and all our little feathered ones who have been injured, healed and rehabbed then released back into the wild. Especially thankful for their assistance with all who have been affected this year because of the weather, gnats and such with the eagles.

Fenrian

Donor

Rating: 5

I've known about SOAR for several years now, and admire their work greatly.
Eagles and other raptors have gotten a lot of public awareness lately because of the webcams that many organizations have installed at nests.
However, in most cases, these organizations use these cameras for public relations to aid their fundraising, and do not actually perform any service that in any way aids the creatures being viewed.
SOAR is the antithesis of that. They have no web cam. They have no fan clubs on Facebook.
They just do their work at rehabilitating injured or lead-poisoned raptors, and only are able to fund-raise by going out and educating at small events when they have one or more of their patients to release back into the wild as a "draw".
While webcams bring adulation to the point of deification to those who operate them, Kay Neumann, Linette Bernard, Terrie Miller Hoefer, and the small, but dedicated team that works, without compensation, with them have never sought personal recognition. They just do the job, and when they do publicize what they do, make it about the accomplishments---and the failures---and not about those who are doing such.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Ok, I'm not exactly unbiased here. But, as a person who almost never gives to "causes", I'm proud to have done a tiny bit on this organization's behalf.
The work they do for their patients, and in educating the public has already been spoken of here by others with far more eloquence than I possess.



Amy_161

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SOAR is a wonderful non profit helping save the lives of injured birds. I have gained so much knowledge about many different kinds of birds and of course they have been very accommodating and patient with the Decorah eagle followers after taking on the responsibility for one of the newest members of the family. The work this organization does is invaluable!

Laura202

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heard a presentation from SOARS a few weeks ago in Decorah, Iowa while there for the RRP gathering. They do wonderful things to protect and preserve our raptors. Their "Get the lead out" campaign is wonderful for all living creatures.

Alice L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of SOAR from watching the live cam of the Decorah nest when one of the eagles was injured. The loving care they provide to all their patients goes above and beyond just being kind and gentle. They also keep us all informed of any updates to all their patients both entering and being released back to the wild. Great educational site that is well managed. Thank you SOAR!

Donor

Rating: 5

They do a wonderful job rescuing injured birds and working to send them back to the wild. They communicate frequently on their activities via Facebook.

Kelley M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of SOAR because I am a faithful follower of the Decorah Eagles. It was a tough year for Decorah and I am so thankful to SOAR for not only coming to the rescue of our eaglet but all the other avian species they care for! I had no idea how much work goes into it and would not be possible without all the hard work of such dedicated volunteers. I also had no idea of how many patients they take care of! Wow. Just wow!

Kathy171

Donor

Rating: 5

Love them. They help all avians from the smallest bird to our revered bald headed eagles. They are compassionate and so dedicated. I can't find the words to tell you how great they are.

Debbie127

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been watching the Decorah eagles on webcam for years now, and only started following reports on social media this year. SOAR has been there with strength, expertise, knowledge and compassion to help our injured eagles and other raptors. Such dedication is extraordinary, and should be recognized. Many thanks to them for stepping in and going above and beyond.

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently became aware of Soar, when one of our Decorah eaglets was found injured with a broken wing and other injuries. They just happened to be there at the time and took the eaglet to their facility and have provided surgery and excellent care of her. They are excellent in providing updates on all Avian's that come into their care. This year has been especially bad due to all the gnats and weather. They also are a teaching facility for all to understand what they do and the process of rehabilitating the ones that they can and then return them to their natural enviroments. I have donated to their cause and hope many more will do the same. With the influx of patients this year they are surely in need of our support.

pyearick

Donor

Rating: 5

If the staff and volunteers at SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) only rescued and rehabilitated sick and injured birds, that would be enough. The fact that they also educate the public on issues such as the hazards of lead in the environment and the importance of raptors in helping to keep nature in balance makes them noble ambassadors. And their dedication to conservation and research makes them heroes. They speak up for the magnificent birds whose voices most people ignore or cannot seem to hear. I give to SOAR because I trust that Kay and her team will use my money to make a positive difference. They love what they do, and they are passionate about every aspect of their work. Being a bird lover, I am so very grateful for their dedication. Last year I attended one of SOAR's seasonal raptor releases, and in the drawing I was chosen to release one of the rehabilitated birds, a male juvenile kestrel. I was thrilled to see this handsome fellow up close, but when he escaped my gloved hands and took to the sky, I was so excited to see him able to return to the wild, where he belongs. That was an experience I will never forget. It made a difference in my life, and it was life changing for that kestrel. Because of Kay and SOAR, he and many other raptors are flying free once again. Thank you, Kay and all the other tireless SOAR staff and volunteers!

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Donor

Rating: 5

If the staff and volunteers at SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) only rescued and rehabilitated sick and injured birds, that would be enough. The fact that they also educate the public on issues such as the hazards of lead in the environment and the importance of raptors in helping to keep nature in balance makes them noble ambassadors. And their dedication to conservation and research makes them heroes. They speak up for the magnificent birds whose voices most people ignore or cannot seem to hear. I give to SOAR because I trust that Kay and her team will use my money to make a positive difference. They love what they do, and they are passionate about every aspect of their work. Being a bird lover, I am so very grateful for their dedication. Earlier this month, I attended one of SOAR's seasonal raptor releases, and in the drawing I was chosen to release one of the rehabilitated birds, a male juvenile kestrel. I was thrilled to see this handsome fellow up close, but when he escaped my gloved hands and took to the sky, I was so excited to see him able to return to the wild, where he belongs. That was an experience I will never forget. It made a difference in my life, and it was life changing for that kestrel. Because of Kay and SOAR, he and many other raptors are flying free once again. Thank you, Kay and all the other tireless SOAR staff and volunteers!

Karen274

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is truly special. Taking care of our precious raptors.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of SOAR after they took in an injured young bald eagle. SOAR does a phenomenal job of caring for injured birds/raptors/owls. Not only do they provide medical treatment but they share the rehab process & updates on the rescued and injured birds at the same time providing education. SOAR is a valuable asset to the community and region.

“I pray to the birds because they remind me of what I love rather than what I fear. And at the end of my prayers, they teach me how to listen.”
― Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

Nancy Kauffman

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Newly introduced to SOAR as I watch Decorah Iowa eagles nest cam. Became very interested in SOAR as they took one of our eagles with a broken wing and other injuries and are caring for her. SOAR in Iowa is a wonderful, nonprofit organization who loving cares for many injured animals, birds. They work very hard to return them to the wild while keeping them without causing these creatures to become dependent on humans for their existence. The Vet, Kay, and all the dedicated volunteers at SOAR in Iowa, are very special indeed!! Bless them for all they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. They first came to my attention when one of this year hatch of Decorah Bald Eagles broke his wing and he went to SOAR. They are taking wonderful care of him. You can read about their organization at their website www.soar.org. They are very caring and put the birds first.

Patty39

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of SOAR after one of the Decorah Eagles went down and was taken to SOAR for help and recovery. I have watched their website and have become very familiar with the work that they do through their website. The time, patience and dedication of these folks is umatchable (they are right up there with Raptor Resources). I think its extemely important that we have nonproft groups such as SOAR in saving some of our most protect birds. Without them there would be a greater loss to those protected birds and because of their dediction, and assistance with other organizations that work with our raptors, we may be able to take these raptors off our endangered lists.

Sabine S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been watching SOAR closely from Germany since watching the Decorah eagles. I cannot believe how well organised and selflessly SOAR takes care of all raptors big or small. Their network of volunteers is unbelievable. SOAR is a top rate non-profit organisation that holds word over and above the duty of call. Another 5 star service provided by SOAR is the fact that they diligently report on all their patients, which I am sure entails burning the midnight oil a lot of nights, what with all the patient care required during the day.