National Eagle Center

National Eagle Center Open Year Round. An educational interpretive center, home to live bald and golden eagles.
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An educational interpretive center, home to live bald and golden eagles. "Connecting people to eagles in nature, history and cultures."

Mission: Connecting people to eagles in nature, history and cultures.

THE HANGOUTHere is a photo of the most popular tree in Lake City, MN snapped by Bob Diepenbrock on January 20th. After e...
01/21/2020

THE HANGOUT

Here is a photo of the most popular tree in Lake City, MN snapped by Bob Diepenbrock on January 20th. After enjoying nearly two months of mostly open water along the Upper Mississippi River, the recent cold snap has frozen most of the river in this region. Hopefully the predicted thaw later this week results in boosted bald eagle activity. Be sure to follow the weekly eagle counts here: http://bit.ly/2s1uDgl. Great shot, Bob! Thanks for sharing! β„οΈπŸ¦…πŸ₯°

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY WITH AMERICA'S NATIONAL SYMBOL! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈIt's a beautiful January day this Martin Luther Ki...
01/20/2020

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY WITH AMERICA'S NATIONAL SYMBOL! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

It's a beautiful January day this Martin Luther King Day! Are the kids off school? Are you looking for a nice way to celebrate? Make the visit to Wabasha and celebrate with the eagle ambassadors! Just like Dr. King's legacy, bald eagles continue to live on, inspiring and educating visitors of all generations. We're open all day until 5pm, with a classroom program at 1pm. Eagles are for everyone. Join us! Learn more: bit.ly/2kIuzyN πŸ¦…πŸ˜€πŸ‘

SOAR 2020 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED! MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MARCH! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘March is less than two months away, which means that SOAR ...
01/18/2020

SOAR 2020 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED! MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MARCH! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

March is less than two months away, which means that SOAR with the Eagles is right around the corner! Our weekend schedules are now online so you can make your plans for March! Just visit our website and check what we have in store for 2020. View the weekend schedules: bit.ly/2udsChS πŸ¦…πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

WINTER BALD EAGLE COUNT - 1/17/2020 - WINTER STORM IS ON THE WAY? HEAD FOR THE HILLS!A winter storm is bearing down on M...
01/17/2020

WINTER BALD EAGLE COUNT - 1/17/2020 - WINTER STORM IS ON THE WAY? HEAD FOR THE HILLS!

A winter storm is bearing down on Minnesota and Wisconsin and this morning the Upper Mississippi River valley is eerily quiet. This week's count dropped through the floor - only 78 eagles! This is because eagles are no dummies. They can sense changes in the weather, and when the weather turns rough, they fill up on food and then head for protected roost locations. In this region, that means moving away from the river and tucking into the bluffs until the storm passes. Their feathers provide excellent insulation and keep them warm, but no one, eagles included, wants to sit out in the open to be buffeted by drizzle, snow, and high winds. πŸ˜‰

The hot spot this morning was Colvill Park, where our observer counted 46 eagles. Look for more activity after the storm blows over.

Want to see what conditions are in Wabasha? Check the Eaglewatch Cam to see if it is snowing or sunny: bit.ly/2OXrgA7. β„οΈπŸ¦…πŸ‘ Stay warm! Photo by Mike Fredrickson.

Compare the counts: bit.ly/2s1uDgl.

Wabasha - Adults 3 + Juveniles 0 = 3
Reads Landing - Adults 7 + Juveniles 0 = 7
Lake Pepin - Adults 5 + Juveniles 0 = 5
Red Wing (Colvill Park) - Adults 29 + Juveniles 17 = 46
Winona (Dam #5) - Adults 6 + Juveniles 0 = 6
Alma, WI - Adults 5 + Juveniles 2 = 7
Buffalo City (WI) - Adults 3 + Juveniles 1 = 4

HOW MANY OCCUPIED BALD EAGLE NESTS ARE THERE IN WISCONSIN? THE DNR HAS YOUR ANSWER!2019 is in the history books, and the...
01/16/2020

HOW MANY OCCUPIED BALD EAGLE NESTS ARE THERE IN WISCONSIN? THE DNR HAS YOUR ANSWER!

2019 is in the history books, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has published their survey of active bald eagle nests in the state for 2019. This infographic is very helpful and provides a quick glimpse at the breeding eagle population in your area of the state. Learn more about eagles: bit.ly/33jONPi πŸ¦…πŸ˜„πŸ‘

Bald eagles have made a remarkable recovery since their listing in the 1970s as an endangered species. The national ban on the pesticide DDT, added protections under state and federal endangered species laws and public support of nest monitoring and protection efforts allowed bald eagles to fly off the state endangered species list in 1997 and the federal list a decade later.

Currently, nest monitoring surveys and winter surveys continue to keep tabs on the bald eagle population and to provide landowners with the best guidance on how to avoid impacting eagle nests. In 2019, Wisconsin DNR aerial nest surveys found 1,684 occupied nests in the state, up from 108 in the 1970s. 71 of 72 Wisconsin counties now have documented active eagle nests. Check out the 2019 nesting map to see how many nests are in your county!

Brush up on your bald eagle knowledge, learn how to report nests in your county (especially Milwaukee County!) and find a bald eagle watching event in your neck of the woods, here: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/baldeagle.html

SNOW? DRIZZLE? IT'S FISHING WEATHER!It's a dreary day outside in Minnesota and Wisconsin - a January winter day. But tha...
01/14/2020

SNOW? DRIZZLE? IT'S FISHING WEATHER!

It's a dreary day outside in Minnesota and Wisconsin - a January winter day. But that doesn't mean that nature isn't active! Check out the Eaglewatch Cam to see what is happening out on the Mississippi River. This morning we have bald eagles and a flotilla of common mergansers and goldeneyes busily fishing outside the National Eagle Center! Check it out: bit.ly/2OXrgA7 πŸ¦…β„οΈπŸ˜„

THREE'S COMPANYWherever there are fish to catch during the cold winter of the Upper Mississippi River valley, bald eagle...
01/11/2020

THREE'S COMPANY

Wherever there are fish to catch during the cold winter of the Upper Mississippi River valley, bald eagles are sure to drop in for some lunch. This photo by James Deng caught a trio on an ice shelf. Beautiful! Learn more about why winter is eagle season: bit.ly/364r1J7 πŸ¦…πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

WINTER BALD EAGLE COUNT - 1/10/2020 - NUMBERS CREEPING BACK UP WITH ARCTIC COLD ON THE WAYAnother week, another count in...
01/10/2020

WINTER BALD EAGLE COUNT - 1/10/2020 - NUMBERS CREEPING BACK UP WITH ARCTIC COLD ON THE WAY

Another week, another count in the books. This week's tally was up another 16 to 194.

According to MPR News we're currently running 10 degrees above average so far in January. Large portions of the Mississippi still have open water allowing the eagles to spread out. Even so, the counts are creeping back up with a notable increase in numbers at Colvill Park in Red Wing. An arctic blast is forecast for the region next week, so look for numbers to rise once again as eagles congregate around ice-free pockets along the river.

Interesting note: this week's count is still higher than all but one from last winter (2018/2019) when we recorded 218 the week of January 12th.

And don't forget to check in periodically on the Eaglewatch Cam to see what is happening in Wabasha: bit.ly/2OXrgA7. πŸ¦…πŸ˜πŸ‘ Happy viewing! Photo by John McCormack.

Compare the counts: bit.ly/2s1uDgl.

Wabasha - Adults 12 + Juveniles 1 = 13
Reads Landing - Adults 36 + Juveniles 21 = 57
Lake Pepin - Adults 16 + Juveniles 12 = 28
Red Wing (Colvill Park) - Adults 47 + Juveniles 15 = 62
Winona (Dam #5) - Adults 18 + Juveniles 2 = 20
Alma, WI - Adults 5 + Juveniles 5 = 10
Buffalo City (WI) - Adults 4 + Juveniles 0 = 4

We’re participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit our non...
01/09/2020

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01/08/2020
PURE EAGLE REFRESHMENT!

The eagle care team recorded Columbia enjoying her water basin. Bald eagle are water birds, part of the "sea" eagle family. Our guests are always entertained watching the eagles bathe, but in slow motion you gain full appreciation for the refreshment that the eagles get out of the experience. Looking good, Columbia! πŸ¦…πŸ˜πŸ‘

Learn more about the eagle ambassadors: /bit.ly/2FrpWjr

EAGLE101: HOW CAN EAGLES TURN THEIR HEADS SO FAR AROUND?One aspect of eagle behavior that our guests at the National Eag...
01/07/2020

EAGLE101: HOW CAN EAGLES TURN THEIR HEADS SO FAR AROUND?

One aspect of eagle behavior that our guests at the National Eagle Center are frequently impressed by is how the eagles can turn their heads. "Can they turn their heads completely around?!" Not quite, but it is impressive.

Unlike mammals, which have seven vertebrae in their necks, eagles have 14 vertebrae. This provides more points of articulation and allows them to turn their heads roughly 180 degrees in both directions. It is an adaptation that is related to their eyes. Eagle eyes are about the size of human eyes but in a much smaller skull, leaving no room for muscles to move their eyes as we can. Their eyes are fixed in place and they need to move their heads to look around. And look around they can!

This is a handy ability for eagles, allowing them to move their heads to reach all their feathers for preening and observe their surroundings without having to leave their perch. Learn more about eagles: bit.ly/33jONPi Photo by Tom Severson. πŸ¦…πŸ˜²πŸ₯°πŸ‘

WINTER BALD EAGLE COUNT - 1/03/2020 - NEW YEAR BEGINS WITH AN INCREASE!2020 is here and the first count of the new year ...
01/03/2020

WINTER BALD EAGLE COUNT - 1/03/2020 - NEW YEAR BEGINS WITH AN INCREASE!

2020 is here and the first count of the new year saw a bump from last week. The count total was up 34 to 178.

The run of mild weather we've experienced the past couple of weeks is reminiscent of last December (2018) when temperatures were well above average into January. Most spots on the Mississippi are currently open water meaning that the eagles are spread out. The difference this season is that we have already had some deep freeze that moved more eagles south into our region. This week's count is also a wonderful example of how eagles move around with conditions. Locations like Colvill Park and Reads Landing saw big increases!

It is still early in the season, so plan your trips to do some eagle viewing this winter and consider joining a field trip. And don't forget to check in periodically on the Eaglewatch Cam to see what is happening in Wabasha: bit.ly/2OXrgA7. πŸ¦…πŸ˜πŸ‘ Happy viewing! Photo by Steve Allen.

Compare the counts: bit.ly/2s1uDgl.

Wabasha - Adults 17 + Juveniles 4 = 21
Reads Landing - 51
Lake Pepin - 37
Red Wing (Colvill Park) - Adults 24 + Juveniles 6 = 30
Winona (Dam #5) - Adults 12 + Juveniles 4 = 16
Alma, WI - Adults 12 + Juveniles 3 = 15
Buffalo City (WI) - Adults 8 + Juveniles 0 = 8

LATSCH UPDATE: NEW YEAR... NEW BIRD?! WOW!It was only two short months ago that we posted a Latsch update showing how qu...
01/02/2020

LATSCH UPDATE: NEW YEAR... NEW BIRD?! WOW!

It was only two short months ago that we posted a Latsch update showing how quickly his plumage had transitioned to adult coloring from August to November. Well, just another two months later he practically looks like a different eagle! His beak continues to gain its yellow color and his head is much whiter than it was, especially in the back. What you can't see in this photo is his tail, which is almost completely white.

The transition period from juvenile to adult varies with each individual, but Latsch is definitely on the fast-track. He turns four in March and most eagles take 4-6 years to fully mature. Learn more about Latsch and all the eagle ambassadors: bit.ly/2FrpWjrπŸ¦…πŸ˜²πŸ˜πŸ‘

National Eagle Center's cover photo
01/02/2020

National Eagle Center's cover photo

πŸ₯‚WISHING YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! πŸ₯‚From all of us at the National Eagle Center, have a safe and Happy New Year! Ma...
01/01/2020

πŸ₯‚WISHING YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! πŸ₯‚

From all of us at the National Eagle Center, have a safe and Happy New Year! May you spread your wings and soar higher than ever in 2020!

Don't forget - we're open today from 10am-5pm with our classroom program at 1pm. Learn more: bit.ly/2WvGroN πŸ¦…

❄️ WINTER FACADE ❄️This stunning photo was shared with us by James Deng after a recent visit to Wabasha! Winter is a bea...
12/31/2019

❄️ WINTER FACADE ❄️

This stunning photo was shared with us by James Deng after a recent visit to Wabasha! Winter is a beautiful time along the river, and the best time to view wild bald eagles! While the Center's facade is eye-catching, the real attraction is on the inside - the live eagle ambassadors! Haven't visited yet? Add a visit to the National Eagle Center to your 2020 to-do list! We're open New Year's Day and daily 10am-5pm. Start planning here: bit.ly/2WvGroN β„οΈπŸ¦…πŸ₯°

SNOWY MORNINGIt's a snowy morning in Wabasha, but the eagles are still busy watching for fish along the river. This shot...
12/30/2019

SNOWY MORNING

It's a snowy morning in Wabasha, but the eagles are still busy watching for fish along the river. This shot shows one of our "regulars" perched in their favorite tree! Check it out on our webcam: bit.ly/2OXrgA7 πŸ¦…β„οΈπŸ₯°πŸ‘

WINTER BALD EAGLE COUNT - 12/27/2019 - A BIG DROP IN NUMBERS, WHAT HAPPENED? WARM TEMPS!The final count of December is i...
12/27/2019

WINTER BALD EAGLE COUNT - 12/27/2019 - A BIG DROP IN NUMBERS, WHAT HAPPENED? WARM TEMPS!

The final count of December is in and what a difference the temperatures make! The numbers dropped for a second week in a row due to the very warm conditions in the Upper Mississippi River valley. The count total was 144.

Have no fear - the eagles aren't gone, they are simply spread out as there is open water almost everywhere along the river. As we've said many times, eagles are territorial and not keen to share their food. As cold temperatures freeze most of the river, eagles are forced to gather together where there is open water leading to the high numbers we frequently observe. However, with recent temps in the low 40s, many spots on the main channel and backwaters have opened back up allowing access to fish. When this happens, the eagles spread out. We can expect numbers to climb again when sustained cold temps return.

Plan your trips to do some eagle viewing this winter and consider joining a field trip. And don't forget to check in periodically on the Eaglewatch Cam to see what is happening in Wabasha: bit.ly/2OXrgA7. πŸ¦…πŸ˜πŸ‘ Happy viewing! Photo by Willie Hahn.

Compare the counts: bit.ly/2s1uDgl.

Wabasha - Adults 24 + Juveniles 5 = 29
Reads Landing - Adults 26 + Juveniles 7 = 33
Lake Pepin - Adults 23 + Juveniles 8 = 31
Red Wing (Colvill Park) - Adults 8 + Juveniles 4 = 12
Winona (Dam #5) - Adults 12 + Juveniles 3 = 15
Alma, WI - Adults 12 + Juveniles 1 = 13
Buffalo City (WI) - Adults 10 + Juveniles 1 = 11

EAGLE101: JUVENILE BALD EAGLES ARE NOMADS THAT EXPLORE FAR AND WIDEWe frequently talk about how bald eagles are very ter...
12/26/2019

EAGLE101: JUVENILE BALD EAGLES ARE NOMADS THAT EXPLORE FAR AND WIDE

We frequently talk about how bald eagles are very territorial birds, especially when it comes to nesting season. Even the eagle ambassadors here at the National Eagle Center vocalize at wild birds that they seen out the window that they feel are trespassing into their territory.

It is different for juveniles. On their difficult journey to adulthood (4-6 years), juvenile bald eagles do not have a territory of their own are mostly nomadic. Some may travel hundreds or even thousands of miles across North America during their first years of life before returning to the area where they were hatched when they reach adulthood and seek a mate for the first time.

During this nomadic life, juveniles must hone their flying and hunting skills or they will not survive to adulthood. They must contend with established adults for food and make it through their first winter, a challenge roughly 50% of first-year eagles do not survive due to starvation.

Here we see a juvenile playing with a fairly large stick, possibly mimicking the behavior of nesting adults it has observed. Thanks to Tom Severson for sharing the photo.

Learn more: bit.ly/33jONPi πŸ¦…πŸ˜πŸ‘

WISHING YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!We are closed today (Dec. 24th) and tomorrow (Dec. 25th) but will be open normal ho...
12/24/2019

WISHING YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!

We are closed today (Dec. 24th) and tomorrow (Dec. 25th) but will be open normal hours (10am-5pm) beginning on Thursday, Dec. 26th. Looking for a fun family activity? Stop in for a visit to the eagles! Check out our calendar: bit.ly/2xqIKLr. β„οΈπŸ¦…πŸ₯°

🎁 A GIFT FOR THE EAGLES FROM ADORING FANS! 🎁The eagles received a visit from some young members this afternoon, but it w...
12/23/2019

🎁 A GIFT FOR THE EAGLES FROM ADORING FANS! 🎁

The eagles received a visit from some young members this afternoon, but it wasn't just a normal visit. No, these adoring eagle fans brought a gift with them, wrapped and all! They took it into the mew (where the eagles live) and, with the help of the avian care team, unwrapped their gift and presented it to the eagles. It was a large, framed, personally-made drawing of the eagle ambassadors! It demonstrates the impact the eagles make every day, educating and inspiring the world, especially the young. πŸ₯°

Want to give a gift to the eagles? Learn how: bit.ly/2YyzCAB

ANGEL UNDER THE LIGHTS WITH THE MINNESOTA ROLLER DERBY!We want to send a huge THANK YOU to the Minnesota Roller Derby fo...
12/23/2019

ANGEL UNDER THE LIGHTS WITH THE MINNESOTA ROLLER DERBY!

We want to send a huge THANK YOU to the Minnesota Roller Derby for inviting the National Eagle Center and ambassador Angel to their bout this past Saturday, Dec. 21st. This was our second time attending a bout and it was a thrill and pleasure to be able to share Angel with everyone at the Roy Wilkins Arena in downtown St. Paul! Angel was right at home all evening. We are so grateful to have wonderful partners like the Roller Derby. Continued success with Season 16! πŸ¦…πŸ˜€πŸ‘

THE FAMILY IS TOGETHER. EAGLE VIEWING SEASON IS IN FULL SWING. IT'S TIME FOR A VISIT TO WABASHA!A trip to visit the eagl...
12/22/2019

THE FAMILY IS TOGETHER. EAGLE VIEWING SEASON IS IN FULL SWING. IT'S TIME FOR A VISIT TO WABASHA!

A trip to visit the eagle ambassadors and view wild eagles on the Mississippi River is a great winter experience for the whole family this holiday season! Enjoy a program, experience the winter wonderland of bluff country, get a photo in the nest, shop the store, and more! Plus, it's a wonderful way to mix some learning and fun for the kids during their break from school. While your nest is full this holiday season, visit ours! We'll be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! Check our calendar (bit.ly/2xqIKLr) and plan your visit (bit.ly/2WvGroN)! See you in Wabasha! β„οΈπŸ¦…πŸ˜πŸ‘

WINTER BALD EAGLE COUNT - 12/20/2019 - ANOTHER STRONG WEEK OF ACTIVITYThe third count of winter is in the books. The num...
12/20/2019

WINTER BALD EAGLE COUNT - 12/20/2019 - ANOTHER STRONG WEEK OF ACTIVITY

The third count of winter is in the books. The numbers dipped this week (one site did not report), but week to week fluctuation is to be expected throughout the season. Overall, it was a strong count with a total of 196.

This week's high count were at location with dams: Dam #5 and Alma. Dams are naturally attractive for wintering bald eagles because water remains open on the downriver side of the dam, churned up as the river continues to flow over the dam gates. As reported yesterday, Dam #5 has showcased impressive fishing displays for the past two weeks during daylight hours.

Colvill Park's count of 25 seems low, but it is important to remember that each count is a snapshot in time. The population there is likely higher and we should expect that number to rebound with future counts.

Plan your trips to do some eagle viewing this winter and consider joining a field trip. And don't forget to check in periodically on the Eaglewatch Cam to see what is happening in Wabasha: bit.ly/2OXrgA7. πŸ¦…πŸ˜πŸ‘ Happy viewing!

Compare the counts: bit.ly/2s1uDgl.

Wabasha - Adults 19 + Juveniles 13 = 32
Reads Landing - Adults 28 + Juveniles 5 = 33
Lake Pepin - Adults 11 + Juveniles 13 = 24
Red Wing (Colvill Park) - Adults 15 + Juveniles 10 = 25
Winona (Dam #5) - Adults 37 + Juveniles 7 = 44
Alma, WI - Adults 24 + Juveniles 14 = 38
Buffalo City (WI) - N/A

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50 Pembroke Ave S
Wabasha, MN
55981

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Open Daily 10am-5pm Closed the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter Sunday

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(651) 565-4989

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Three Eagles in Tree, Four Eagles in Tree, Three Eagles on Ice floating down Detroit River January 11, 2018
Three Eagles on Ice ... Three Eagles in Tree .... Four Eagles in Tree ... January 11, 2018
I took this at Covill Park earlier this week. We had an early moon rise over the Mississippi River as an eagle was searching overhead for a shad below out on the river.
Locked & Loaded Black Hawk Park WI
I did not have much time to take these as flight was quick but I think this might be an immature Golden Eagle. Quality not the best but hopefully someone can tell what it is. It appears that there may be some feather damage on the right wing. There was a Bald Eagle and an immature in a field north of this one. Thanks for any help.
In 2019 Coleville Park was frozen over so we didn't see many early Winter but later on we did. How about Eagles in colville park this year?
We visited last Friday and only saw 4 flying high overhead. Still an enjoyable visit
I have a question. I took Ornithology at Winona State in the early 70's. I'm sure we learned there weren't Golden Eagles in the Whitewater area at that time. When did the Golden's start showing themselves to be there or elsewhere in Minnesota? Thanks for your help.
French Island
11/12/19 Close up of a male Bald Eagle. Taken at Rieck's Lake Park. Alma, Wi. Enjoy.