Located in Wabasha, Minnesota, the National Eagle Center is a facility dedicated to promoting information and the significance of bald and golden eagles. The National Eagle Center is home to a variety eagles that can be observed by visitors. Next read: Best Things to do in Minnesota

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In 1989 a group of volunteers decided to create EagleWatch, Inc. as a place for visitors to explore bald eagles through a special outdoor observation. Since then, the National Eagle Center has grown monumentally. In 2000, the National Eagle Center opened their first official location in downtown Wabasha, Minnesota. That same year, the National Eagle Center obtained two eagles, Harriet and Angel, which were dubbed the National Eagle Center’s official Eagle Ambassadors.

Seven years later in 2007, the National Eagle Center changed their name from EagleWatch, Inc. to the current name, and opened their current location along the Mississippi River. This 15,000 square foot facility was made possible by the City of Wabasha’s contribution. Around the same time the National Eagle Center moved to their official location, they began the Golden Eagle Project, which is an initiative dedicated to preserving and cherishing gold eagles within the region.

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By observing the National Eagle Center’s eagles, visitors can learn about one of the most significant animals of the United States.

Hoksida is the newest eagle of the National Eagle Center. Hoksida was born in 2015 and was discovered along the beaches of Port Orchard, Washington. He had a serious infection within his eyes that made it difficult for him to find food and survive. Since then, the National Eagle Center has taken care of Hoksida and nourished him so he can successfully grow up. An interesting aspect of Hoksida is that he will look completely different within four to five years.Currently, he has brown feathers and a black beak. But, when Hoksida transitions, he will have a white feathered head and a yellow beak, just like the traits an adult bald eagle has.

Angel is one of the two original eagles of the National Eagle Center. She was found in Grantsburg, Wisconsin after suffering from a broken wing and surviving on fish scraps that were from a heron nest. When Angel came to the National Eagle Center, she had the appearance of Hoksida. Today, she has all of the characteristics of a female bald eagle that is fully matured.

Columbia is a bald eagle that beat the odds that were put against her. In 2001, Columbia suffered from a vehicle collision that led to her having double of the lethal dosage of lead in her blood, as well as a fractured right shoulder. Despite the fact that a small amount of lead typically kills a bald eagle within four to five days, Columbia survived and is currently living happily at the National Eagle Center.

Donald came to the National Eagle Center in early 2008. He is the first golden eagle ambassador at the Center. Although the National Eagle Center is unsure of Donald’s age, they have estimated that he hatched around 2002.

Was’aka hatched in 2006 in Florida. He was found with an aggressive tumor that affected his left eye. Although the tumor was removed, the effects of the tumor has left Was’aka blind in his left eye. This has disabled him from hunting himself.

Harriet was the other original eagle ambassador of the National Eagle Center. She hatched in 1981, and was found in 1998 after she suffered from a dislocated left wing due to a vehicle collision. Harriet became one of the most beloved and popular eagle ambassadors, as she often appeared on national television. Unfortunately, Harriet passed away in May 2016. Her legacy is honored at the National Eagle Center, as well as being featured on the Minnesota Support Our Troops license plate.

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3.Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities
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The National Eagle Center has an array of educational opportunities that enable visitors to learn about the National Eagle Center’s eagle ambassadors, as well as general information about bald and golden eagles. One of the most popular educational opportunities at the National Eagle center is the Naturalist Live Eagle Program. During the Naturalist Live Eagle Program, one of the National Eagle Center’s specially trained naturalists leads a presentation with one of the Center’s eagles. Each naturalist is trained is trained with a certain skill and information set in mind. Thus, each naturalist presentation is different than the other.

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50 Pembroke Ave Wabasha, MN 55981, Phone: 651-565-4989

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