National Eagle Center

National Eagle Center Open Year Round. An educational interpretive center, home to live bald and golden eagles.

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.

WE'RE INSPIRING PEOPLE EVERY DAY!We host visitors from all walks of life, from places close to home and around the world...
07/12/2019

WE'RE INSPIRING PEOPLE EVERY DAY!

We host visitors from all walks of life, from places close to home and around the world every day. They come for a variety of different reasons, but most leave with a sense of wonder and inspiration after meeting the eagle ambassadors up close!

This young visitor stopped in with his grandmother yesterday, and he immediately lit up and ran over and gave a big hug to SKY, our mascot! He spent a great deal of time hanging out with SKY, smiling widely the whole time. His grandmother was thrilled and we are happy to know that we played a role in creating a memory that he'll never forget. Create your own unforgettable memories with a trip to the National Eagle Center this summer! 🦅😍👍

ANOTHER CONSERVATION SUCCESS STORYJust like bald eagles, peregrine falcons were also seriously affected by the widesprea...
07/11/2019
Once-threatened peregrines flying high across Minnesota

ANOTHER CONSERVATION SUCCESS STORY

Just like bald eagles, peregrine falcons were also seriously affected by the widespread use of DDT in the 20th century. Now, just like bald eagles, their population continues to rebound. It just proves, once again, that with concerted and sustained efforts conservation can work! 🦅😃🥰

In less than 20 years' time, the peregrine falcon has bounced back from "endangered to fully recovered." Staff and volunteers at Tettagouche State Park just wrapped up their peregrine banding program for the year.

THE PLACE TO BE THIS SUMMER! STOP ON IN!On a beautiful summer day like today, the National Eagle Center is a world-class...
07/10/2019

THE PLACE TO BE THIS SUMMER! STOP ON IN!

On a beautiful summer day like today, the National Eagle Center is a world-class destination for all ages! It's perfect for families, youth groups and... EVERYONE! Enjoy wild eagle viewing over the Mississippi River and catch an amazing classroom program. Or as Chelsea K says on Google Reviews: "So much good information it was unbelievable! Reasonably priced yet the costs all go toward keeping the birds fed and running the place so it was worth it. The views from outside and around it were impeccable!" Don't miss out - plan your visit today! Learn more: bit.ly/2WvGroN 🦅😍👍

THIS WEEK'S FORECAST: WARM, SUNNY AND FISHING ON THE REFUGE!Fishing on the Refuge returns tomorrow and Thursday from 10a...
07/09/2019

THIS WEEK'S FORECAST: WARM, SUNNY AND FISHING ON THE REFUGE!

Fishing on the Refuge returns tomorrow and Thursday from 10am-4pm and the forecast is excellent! Bring the kids to meet the eagles and then enjoy some fishing (or vice versa) and enjoy some quality time on the Mississippi River! The fish are biting and we have everything the kiddos need for a fun time angling. Learn more: bit.ly/2MHBghH 🦅🎣😃👍

EAGLE 101: HOW MANY EAGLETS IN THE NEST?This year, the "Trio Nest" down in Illinois has garnered quite a bit of attentio...
07/09/2019

EAGLE 101: HOW MANY EAGLETS IN THE NEST?

This year, the "Trio Nest" down in Illinois has garnered quite a bit of attention for the fact that three adult bald eagles (1 female and 2 males) raised a nest of eaglets together. That is basically unheard of and has certainly never been so closely documented ever before. It is an exciting discovery for sure!

Well, there is another kind of trio nest in the eagle world, and that is when a pair of eagles raises triplets. National Eagle Center member Margaret Maire has been watching one such nest in St. James, MN. Eagles will typically lay 2-3 eggs in a season, but successfully raising three eaglets is much less common. On average, a nest will successfully fledge 1.5 eaglets.

As we've covered before in Eagle 101, mortality for eaglets and juveniles is high. In the nest, there are several factors that contribute to this. First, sibling rivalry for food and attention can lead to the second or third eaglet hatched starving. Second, it is not uncommon for younger eaglets to be knocked out of the nest by an older sibling. Finally, conditions (storms, black flies / gnats, etc.) can kill eaglets in the nest.

The triplets in St. James are beating the odds to this point! It looks like all three will successfully fledge and continue their life journey where they will face new challenges. Good luck everyone! Thanks to Margaret Maire for sharing this photo. 🦅😃👍

EAGLE 101: IT'S FIRST FLIGHT TIME!What do human parents have in coming with eagle parents during the middle of summer? W...
07/06/2019

EAGLE 101: IT'S FIRST FLIGHT TIME!

What do human parents have in coming with eagle parents during the middle of summer? Well, they're both dealing with youngsters in the nest. Don't worry parents - fledgling eagles constantly beg for food as well! 😉

Yes, early July is the time of year when many first-year eagles are beginning to spread their wings and venture out of the nest. Their first flight can happen by accident, intentionally... or with a little help from mom and dad. If you're a nest watcher, you're likely to see the young ones spending more and more time on the edge of the nest bowl, perching on nearby branches (a behavior known as "branching") and doing lots and lots of flapping as they strengthen their wings in preparation for that first flight.

If a nestling is a little slower in venturing out of the nest, mom and dad may start placing bits of food on nearby branches to force the issue and build confidence. Eventually, the nestlings take that first flight and "fledge", beginning the next phase of their life.

These photos from Jen Schiffner show a juvenile doing some branching and flapping at a nest on Long Lake in Wisconsin. Thanks for sharing, Jen! 🦅😍👍

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!Today is our Independence Day! From all of us at the National Eagle Center, we wish you and yours a ve...
07/04/2019

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

Today is our Independence Day! From all of us at the National Eagle Center, we wish you and yours a very happy, fun, and safe 4th of July! We're open from 10am-5pm today, so stop on by and celebrate with our nation's living symbols - the eagles! Schedule: bit.ly/2xqIKLr 🇺🇸️🦅😍👍

PEOPLE WANT EAGLES? WE'VE GOT EAGLES!Here is a fun little article from Audobon talking about the universal appeal that b...
07/03/2019
Birdist Rule #22: You Can Always Impress People by Showing Them a Bald Eagle

PEOPLE WANT EAGLES? WE'VE GOT EAGLES!

Here is a fun little article from Audobon talking about the universal appeal that bald eagles have with people. The good news is that we have bald eagles, both indoor and outdoor, on display every day! But don't take our word for it. Bruce W. on TripAdvisor recently wrote, "Well worth the stop! The Center is located on the riverfront with a great view, and inside is an excellent museum with classrooms. The Center also had three live eagles on display with a handler that answered questions about the eagles. The National Eagle Center is well worth visiting, but especially for families with active kids."

Finding these crowd-pleasers is a trick every birder should have in their back pocket.

EAGLE 101: IN THE MIDDLE ON SUMMER, HOW DO EAGLES BEAT THE HEAT?If you live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or really anywhere ...
07/03/2019

EAGLE 101: IN THE MIDDLE ON SUMMER, HOW DO EAGLES BEAT THE HEAT?

If you live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or really anywhere in the Upper Midwest these days, you know that it is hot, humid and generally uncomfortable in the outdoors. It's July! We humans can retreat to the comfort of air conditioning, but eagles and other raptors do not have that luxury. Then consider the fact that they are covered in thousands of feathers (great insulators!), you can appreciate that they are just as hot as we are. How do they cope?

Well, eagles don't sweat like humans, but they do pant, just like a dog! On a hot day, it wouldn't be out of the ordinary to see an eagle with its mouth open and tongue sticking out. (In other circumstances that can be a sign of stress.) You may also see them perched with their feathers puffed out and wings held open in an effort to allow trapped heat to escape. Being "sea" eagles and water birds, bald eagles will also find a quiet spot to take a bath and cool down and get clean.

Here we see a photo of a bald eagle splashing in the water, working hard to get the water through those water repellent feathers. Photo by Guy Marshall. 🦅😄👍

LOOKING FOR SUMMER FUN? BRING THE KIDS FOR SOME FISHING ON THE REFUGE!July is here and Fishing on the Refuge continues t...
07/02/2019

LOOKING FOR SUMMER FUN? BRING THE KIDS FOR SOME FISHING ON THE REFUGE!

July is here and Fishing on the Refuge continues tomorrow and Thursday at the National Eagle Center! Enjoy some time on the river with the kids and grandkids. Kids ages 15 and younger fish for FREE and we supply all the equipment they need. The fish have been biting, so stop on in for a couple hours of angling! Learn more: bit.ly/2MHBghH 🦅🎣☀️😃👍

VISIT THE EAGLES THIS 4TH OF JULY! 🦅🇺🇸☀️🎉This Thursday is July 4th - Independence Day! What better way t...
07/01/2019

VISIT THE EAGLES THIS 4TH OF JULY! 🦅🇺🇸☀️🎉

This Thursday is July 4th - Independence Day! What better way to combine celebrating America and summer fun than by stopping in to visit the eagles, our nation's living national symbol? We'll be open regular hours (10am-5pm) with programs at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. A trip to the eagles makes for a great day trip for the whole family. But don't just take our word for it. Listen to Callie R (Google Reviews) who says, "This place is amazing! You are allowed to get close to several birds. So glad we made time for this place. Great for kids, too!" 👍👍 Plan your visit: bit.ly/2WvGroN

WAS'AKA MEANS STRENGTH IN DAKOTA - DONATE TODAY AND HELP US BECOME STRONGER!Was’aka became a National Eagle Center amb...
07/01/2019

WAS'AKA MEANS STRENGTH IN DAKOTA - DONATE TODAY AND HELP US BECOME STRONGER!

Was’aka became a National Eagle Center ambassador in 2009. Like all of our eagle ambassadors, he took up permanent residence at the National Eagle Center because of an injury that made him incapable of surviving in the wild. He depends on our naturalists to provide for his health and care and his name, Was’aka, literally means "strength" in the Dakota language. He’s stronger because of his partnership with our naturalists.

Just as Was’aka is stronger through partnership, we’re reaching out to you, our partners and asking you to help strengthen the National Eagle Center by making a donation. We have received a $20,000 matching grant from the Katherine B. Anderson Fund of the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation. Your donation today will be matched dollar for dollar. $5 becomes $10! $25 becomes $50! $250 becomes $500!

Many of our guests are inspired by the eagle ambassadors. They often wonder what they can do to provide for their care and support. The answer is simple - donate!

If you’ve ever been inspired by Was’aka, or any of the eagle ambassadors, please partner with us by making a donation and help us make our $20,000 goal. Like Was’aka, we’re stronger when we partner together! Donate today! bit.ly/2YyzCAB

A SAD AND FAMILIAR STORY MAY BE REPEATING ITSELF IN OUR ENVIRONMENTIt sounds all too familiar - pesticides that do their...
06/28/2019
The Same Pesticides Linked to Bee Declines Might Also Threaten Birds

A SAD AND FAMILIAR STORY MAY BE REPEATING ITSELF IN OUR ENVIRONMENT

It sounds all too familiar - pesticides that do their job very well at controlling and eliminating insets. Then, serious and unintended consequences begin to unfold further down the food chain with birds and other wildlife. DDT in the mid-20th century? No - neonicotinoids in the 21st century! The research that has linked these agricultural chemicals to the collapse of honey bee colonies is suspected of harming bird populations. The chemicals are applied to crops, but they don't stay on just the fields. They wash off into lakes, streams and rivers, impacting aquatic insects and the birds they feed on them. 😟😢

Neonicotinoids are washing off of their host seeds and into water bodies—threatening not just aquatic insects but the birds that rely on them.

A GREAT STORY OUT OF YELLOWSTONE: LEAD-POISONED GOLDEN MAKES FULL RECOVERYFollowing a high-profile story about a researc...
06/27/2019
This lead-poisoned eagle miraculously recovered. Most aren’t so lucky

A GREAT STORY OUT OF YELLOWSTONE: LEAD-POISONED GOLDEN MAKES FULL RECOVERY

Following a high-profile story about a research golden killed by lead this past spring in Yellowstone, this story has a very happy ending! ☺

Large raptors, like golden and bald eagles, are often poisoned by spent ammunition—but there’s hope for addressing the problem.

WE'RE FISHING ON THE REFUGE! BRING THE KIDS!The dock is in, summer is officially here and the fish are biting! The forec...
06/25/2019

WE'RE FISHING ON THE REFUGE! BRING THE KIDS!

The dock is in, summer is officially here and the fish are biting! The forecast is calling for 80s and sun, so why not bring the kids for some outdoor fun? Fishing on the Refuge is back tomorrow and Thursday from 10am-4pm. As always, we'll have everything the kids need for a fun time fishing and kids 15 and younger fish for FREE! Don't miss out! See you in Wabasha! Learn more: bit.ly/2MHBghH ☀️🎣😃👍

OPPORTUNISTIC PREDATORS AND THE DANGERS OF LEADDuring our On the Lake interpretive cruises this past weekend, our guests...
06/24/2019

OPPORTUNISTIC PREDATORS AND THE DANGERS OF LEAD

During our On the Lake interpretive cruises this past weekend, our guests and naturalists saw bald eagles and many, many turkey vultures. What do both of these species have in common? They are scavengers! Bald eagles are opportunistic predators because they do hunt, but they also feed on carrion like road kill, animal carcasses and gut piles during hunting season. In this role, both species help keep things clean. They act as nature's garbage crew.

We snapped this photo of a huge carp that washed up on the shore of Lake Pepin that the turkey vultures were feeding on. This image helps demonstrate the dangers of lead, especially when it comes to fishing tackle. If that carp had snapped a line and swallowed lead sinkers, the eagles an vultures that feed on it wouldn't distinguish that lead from the rest of the fish and eat it, which can kill them. More and more lead-free sinkers are available on the market, but the risk still persists. If you enjoy hunting and fishing, please make the switch to lead-free alternatives and spread the word to help keep our birds from unintended harm. We also teach kids about lead-free fishing as part of our summer Fishing on the Refuge program. Learn more: bit.ly/2MHBghH 🦅🎣😃😍

On the Lake Cruises - Bald Eagle Days 2019
06/24/2019

On the Lake Cruises - Bald Eagle Days 2019

A GREAT WEEKEND ON THE LAKE!We enjoyed a pair of  wonderful On the Lake interpretive cruises with our guests aboard the ...
06/24/2019

A GREAT WEEKEND ON THE LAKE!

We enjoyed a pair of wonderful On the Lake interpretive cruises with our guests aboard the Pearl of the Lake on Lake Pepin this weekend. Both cruises enjoyed spectacular eagle viewing, large kettles of turkey vultures and flyovers by great blue herons! It was a great way to connect people to eagles in nature and celebrate Bald Eagle Days!

Thank you to Larry Nielsen and his Pearl of the Lake crew for their enthusiastic partnership and warm hospitality. Everyone had a wonderful time! 😀👍👍

Here are a few of our favorite pics from Sunday afternoon's "Cruise on the Lake", a partnership between Pearl of the Lake and the National Eagle Center. We did two cruises this weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. We saw a lot of eagles on both cruises and everyone had a great time! :)

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO BE ON THE LAKE!We're almost under way on our maiden On the Lake interpretive on Lake Pepin! The ...
06/22/2019

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO BE ON THE LAKE!

We're almost under way on our maiden On the Lake interpretive on Lake Pepin! The boat is filling up and the weather is perfect! We're excited and our guests are ready to go. It's going to be a great afternoon! Let's see some eagles! 😎👍

BALD EAGLE DAY - CONNECTING PEOPLE TO EAGLES IN CULTUREHere at the National Eagle Center part of our mission is connecti...
06/20/2019

BALD EAGLE DAY - CONNECTING PEOPLE TO EAGLES IN CULTURE

Here at the National Eagle Center part of our mission is connecting people to eagles in cultures. You probably don't even realize how often you see eagles in everyday life. From art and advertising to sports teams to fashion to pop culture - they're everywhere, in the United States and around the world!

You can explore a myriad of cultural and historical items that comprise The Preston Cook Collection. This one-of-a- kind collection, housed at the National Eagle Center, examines the expression and representation of eagles in US history and culture and a preview exhibit is currently on display!

Check it out during your next visit to see the eagles! bit.ly/2WvGroN

BALD EAGLE DAY - CONNECTING PEOPLE TO EAGLES IN HISTORYHere at the National Eagle Center part of our mission is connecti...
06/20/2019

BALD EAGLE DAY - CONNECTING PEOPLE TO EAGLES IN HISTORY

Here at the National Eagle Center part of our mission is connecting people to eagles in history. Bald eagles feature prominently in United States history, like how the bald eagle was selected as our national symbol and incorporated by the 2nd Continental Congress in 1782, or the story of Old Abe, the bald eagle who marched into battle with soldiers of 8th Wisconsin Regiment during the Civil War.

However, eagles have featured prominently throughout the history of many civilizations and cultures around the world. The eagle has long been a symbol of strength, regality and status. And of course, bald eagles hold a very a very special spiritual significance and revered status for Native American peoples.

Learn about all this history and more during your next visit to see the eagles! bit.ly/2WvGroN

BALD EAGLE DAY - CONNECTING PEOPLE TO EAGLES IN NATUREHere at the National Eagle Center part of our mission is connectin...
06/20/2019

BALD EAGLE DAY - CONNECTING PEOPLE TO EAGLES IN NATURE

Here at the National Eagle Center part of our mission is connecting people to eagles in nature. Not only are we home to the eagle ambassadors, but our guests are able to enjoy watching wild bald eagles over the Mississippi River right from our building every single day! Thankfully, we all still can!

It was not all that long ago that seeing a wild bald eagle was considered a once-in-a-lifetime event! Many of our guests of a certain generation tell us about that one time they saw a bald eagle as a kid and what a big deal it was. We came ever so close to losing our national symbol forever. Fortunately, the bald eagle is no longer endangered and our guests from around the world can still meet them up-close and viewing them in their natural habitat

Plan your next visit to see the eagles! bit.ly/2WvGroN

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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

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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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