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Live Bald Eagle program at Grimes Farm

June 16, 2013

The Marshall County Conservation Board invites the public to the "Eagle Live!" program at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Grimes Farm and Conservation Center, 2359 233rd St.

Kay Neumann with SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) of Dedham will bring Thora, one of SOAR'S educational birds. All ages are welcome to learn about the Bald Eagles' natural history, habitat, life cycle and impact of lead poisoning.

The program will be held outside, unless the weather is inclement. Participants should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and if desired, a camera to photograph the Bald Eagle. If the weather is bad, the program will be held inside the conservation center. There is no charge for this program.

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The Marshall County Conservation Board invites the public to “Eagle Live!” to be held at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Grimes Farm, 2359 233rd St. Visitors will meet Thora, an educational bird from SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources). The program will be held outside and participants should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. If the weather is inclement, the program will be moved inside the conservation center. All ages are invited to this free event.

SOAR was established in 1999 and currently provides care for well over 100 birds each year (more than 150 in 2012) that have been injured or orphaned, primarily from western Iowa. Most injuries are the result of human activities: collisions with cars, windows, power lines, fences, mowers and effects from pesticides. Other injuries occur from storm damage causing nests to fall or birds to be blown into immoveable objects.

SOAR's goal is to return all birds to the wild. However, not all birds are able to be released once they are healed. These birds are placed with licensed facilities and used for educational programs and displays. Thora is one of these educational birds; she was admitted in 2011.

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.

The Grimes Farm and Conservation Center is located just west of Highland Acres Road between West Lincoln Way and West Iowa Avenue. For more information contact the Marshall County Conservation Board at 641-752-5490.



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