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.
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!"
They care so much and work way above the call of duty to help injured and orphaned raptors.
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
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.
I have brought Kay dozens of birds over the years, from Eagles to herons. She is always quick to meet up with me and get the birds the care they need. I have known Kay since college and know how tirelessly she works for her cause and how much time she has spent. We are very fortunate to have her in our area!
My wife and I founded a Pow Wow in honor of our son who tried to rescue a redtailed hwk in Des Moines Iowa. At this pow wow we, as American Indians, gather to share our heritage with any who will join us, We also felt it an obligation to have others, who have come from many contries to make Iowa thier home, join us in sharing a little of their heritage with us. So we meet the last weekend in August for three days of music, dance and story telling. We share the story of our son which you can read about at "www.whiteeaglepow-wow.com" and spend the weekend communing with many visiters through out the weekend. We are so thankfull to the people of S.O.A.R. who joined us for many years and shared the story of thier great organization. They allowed us th honor of releasing two redtaled hawks back to nature at two different years. We , as American Indians, sang our honor songs and danced in joy as we sent them to their new homes.this bleesing was shared by several hundred people who joined us for this special day. Many Thanks.