A 60' x 100' building was donated to SOAR by the city of Manning, Iowa. The building was the old Veterinary Associates of Manning building. JS Construction and Mike Seidl Construction, both from Dedham, Iowa were hired by SOAR to tear down, move, and rebuild this structure.
By recycling an old building, SOAR saved 25 tons of materials from going to the landfill, including insulation, windows and doors, sinks and toilets, steel, structural lumber, plus tongue and groove siding. The recycled materials cost half of new. Passive solar design and an energy-efficient heating system keep energy consumption and cost down.
The office space is heated through its passive solar design, and in-floor heating. This room includes an observation window of the education bald eagles, and a bird viewing area through the large windows.
Spirit and Liberty, two of the education bald eagles, have their own eagle living quarters. The natural habitat display area gives the birds more room to move about and have access to more sun and natural weather conditions as if they were in the wild. The one large window area on the north side of the display area provides for easy viewing for visitors during guided tours without disturbing the birds.
The Intensive Care Unit has its own space in the building. When a bird is first brought in, it is looked over and placed here if it needs intensive care. Currently there are two intensive care rooms.
The Carroll Community Foundation funded the building of a new heated intensive care room (photo at left) with scrubbable walls, a water hyrdrant, and a pea rock floor to aid in cleaning. This room can also be used to house patients and education birds that would normally not winter in Iowa and will house the education osprey this winter.
The flight pen, 100' x 20', allows birds to continue their rehabilitation with more room to fly and gain strength before being released. A smaller 20’ x 20’ flight area is also used.
There are eight (8) 10' x 20' pens, like this one. When healed enough to work on 'physical therapy' to gain flight skills and stamina, injured birds are placed in these pens, by species.
This air conditioned bird room is used when needed for certain patients in the summer, like these summer 2012 snowy owls. Otherwise this room will be Thora's (education bald eagle) home when not helping with SOAR's educational programming. This addition was completed in 2012.
- Home page