Hatch Day is coming soon!
In fact, many eaglets in the area have already hatched in the last few weeks. If you’ve been watching the Decorah Nest Camera, Eagles4Kids or the Minnesota Bound Eagle Cam, then you’ve seen it live. All these nests have welcomed brand new young eaglets in the last few weeks.
Here at the National Eagle Center, we celebrate Hatch Day on April 22nd both because it’s Earth Day and because it’s a time when many eaglets are hatching in the upper Midwest. It’s also the day we celebrate each of the resident eagle ambassadors getting another year older.
This year, Harriet, our senior eagle ambassador will be 31 years old!
Our youngest eagle, Was’aka, turns 6. He’s finally considered an adult and almost has a completely white head.
Angel, already sometimes referred to as our teenage diva, turns 13 this year and Columbia, not far behind, turns 11.
Donald, our resident golden eagle, is the only one whose age is unknown. Donald came to us as an adult, so we had no indication of his age at the time of his injury. We know that at that time, he was at least six years old and he’s been here since 2009. So, Donald is now at least 10 years old, but he could be much older. He’s not telling!
To celebrate their hatch days, we’re giving the bald eagles live minnows in their water tubs. It’s a treat for the eagles and great fun to watch! Join us this Sunday, April 22nd for Hatch Day!