Our fascination with Eagles began back in the Stone Age and continues today. Symbolizing power and freedom we have elevated them to a state of supremacy through art, music, poetry and other literary works. We study them and follow them through live cams and visit the places where they dwell. They are truly the most majestic of birds.
The National Eagle Center, on the shores of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, Minnesota is a popular place to view the Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles. The Center was opened in 2007 but prior to the existence of the Center hundreds of visitors flocked to this area to watch the Eagles from an outdoor observation deck. Hundreds of bald eagles and golden eagles winter in the tall trees along the Mississippi River Valley where the water never freezes and food is plentiful. They return to their breeding territories in late winter so the best time to view the eagles is late November through the middle of February. In addition to Eagle watching from the 25 foot high observation deck there are guided field trips where you can see these magnificent birds in the wild.
Inside the 14,000 square foot interpretive center you can get up close and personal to five eagles. Harriet, Angel, Columbia, Was’aka and Donald were rescue eagles and not only entertain visitors at the center but go on the road and participate in outreach programs and ceremonies. Live eagle programs are held at the center at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM.
The Eagle sculpture atop the center is magnificent, but there is a new sculpture that is being erected that caught my eye. While I usually favor traditional art this piece is amazing. I have not yet found out who the sculptor is.
The grounds of the National Eagle Center are interesting in that in addition to honoring the Eagle they also honor Wabasha’s history.
Wabasha was named in honor of an Indian Chief of the Sioux Nation, Chief Wa-pa-shaw. This group of Indians’ principal camping ground was in this valley on the Mississippi River. You will notice that Chief Wapahasha II has his right arm upraised and he is holding a sprig of cedar. That is how the Dakota told their people to listen because they were about to hear an important message. We could take a lesson here. We need to slow down not only to listen but to see the beauty around us.
Take time to see the beauty of the river, the waterfalls and the fountains.
A trip to the National Eagle Center is a trip back in history and a glimpse into the future of the once almost extinct American Bald Eagles. The price of admission into the Interpretive Center is very reasonable at $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for Seniors, $5.00 for Students between ages 4 – 17, and children under 4 are free. Be sure and check their website for the benefits of becoming a member and for up-to-date notices of tours and other events.
See you this Winter!!!!!!