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.
- 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.
Board of Directors
SOAR is managed by a Board of Directors. SOAR is funded through grants, gifts, donations of supplies and in-kind services, and educational program fees. The current of board of directors:
|President||Tom Holcomb, DVM|
|Director||James Dinsmore, PhD|
|Executive Director||Kay Neumann|
Meet Our "Staff"
SOAR is able to do what it does because of the dedication of many people that volunteer their time or donate their services at a discount.
Kay Neumann, Executive Director
Kay is a flurry of activity -- provide the daily care and rehabilitation needs of the patients and care and feeding of the education birds, provides programming to school and adult groups, plus keeping the freezer stocked with food, and doing her least favorite activity -- record-keeping.
Kay has an M.S. in Wildlife Biology and a B.A. in Biology. She has been working in the fields of environmental education, wildlife research, wildlife rehabilitation, and natural resources restoration for more than 20 years. Kay is a master-class falconer.
SOAR could not provide quality care to patients and education birds without the help of these veterinarians, their clinics, and support staff that provide consultation, x-rays, medications, and surgery.
Linette Bernard, Communications Director
Linette maintains the website, monitors email communication, develops printed materials as needed, and helps with educational programming.
Linette has a B.A. in outdoor recreation and a M.A. in Youth and Human Services Agency Administration. She has been working in the fields of environmental education, fundraising, youth development, non-profit management, and program quality-assurance.
These dedicated volunteers help with programming as their work schedules allow, primarily on weekends when SOAR has multiple requests or day-long events.
Fall 2012 interns include Ally, Kallie, QuiQue, and Jose are helping out with chores, event prep, and maintenance.
As time allows, Deb and Terrie help with rehab duties.
Transporters / Rescuers
Thanks to our "go to" transport crew of Stacey, Ron, Matt, Mary, Dan, Shelley, Kim, Dan, Jenni, Austin, Deb, and volunteers from Wildlife Lodge and Clinic for helping to transport or provide overnight care for injured birds to SOAR. County Conservation Board and Iowa DNR staff help, as able, with transporting and rescuing injured birds.
Vic, Doug, and Janet have provided the bulk of the care and feeding of the osprey while in the hack tower at Whiterock Conservancy from 2006-2011.
Savanna, Ana, Ally, Kim, and Cynthia help with set-up and tear-down, selling gift shop items, children's activities, handing out information, and taking photos. These day-long events would be totally exhausting without their help.
So many folks have provided one-time or ongoing help that if we tried to thank them all, we would miss many. Please know that your help and time is truly appreciated!
As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, SOAR is required to annually file a federal income tax form.
- 2011 Federal 990ez (pdf)
- 2010 Federal 990ez (pdf)
- 2009 Federal 990ez (pdf)
- 2008 Federal 990ez (pdf)
- 2007 Federal 990ez (pdf)
- 2006 Federal 990ez (pdf)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permits that SOAR holds require annual reports be filed for each calendar year on rehabilitation, education, and species propagation activities.
- Home page