Wabasha, Minnesota offers a unique opportunity to see both of North America’s eagle species in the wild. You can learn more about eagles in the Upper Mississippi River Valley and get great views of bald and golden eagles in the wild on a guided tour with our expert naturalists.

Wintering Bald Eagle Count

Upper Mississippi River Valley


Wabasha - Adults 7 + Juv. 3=10
Reads Landing - Adults 23 + Juv. 16=39
Lake Pepin - Adults 23+ Juv. 8=31

Red Wing - Adults NA + Juv. NA=NA
Alma - Adults 4 + Juv. 5=9
Buffalo City - Adults 4+ Juv. 3=7

Adult bald eagles are at least 4-5 years with white head and tail. Juveniles (Juv.) are less than 4 years of age and have not yet developed a white head and tail.

Wabasha - Adults 3+ Juv. 2=5
Reads Landing - Adults 19 + Juv. 6=25
Lake Pepin - Adults 1+ Juv. 1=2

Red Wing – Adults NA + Juv. NA=NA
Alma - Adults 4 + Juv. 2=6
Buffalo City - Adults 4+ Juv. 2=6

Adult bald eagles are at least 4-5 years with white head and tail. Juveniles (Juv.) are less than 4 years of age and have not yet developed a white head and tail.

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Eagle Viewing Field Trips – Register Online!

Field trips begin at 1pm with a brief classroom program, followed by a tour via coach bus to prime bald or golden eagle viewing locations. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras if desired. Little walking is required – simply step off the bus for a great view! Field trips return to the National Eagle Center for light refreshments and a chance to share photos and stories from the day and conclude by 5pm. Cost is $25 for NEC members, $35 for non-members.

Bald Eagle Field Trips

November 22 – Eagles and swans
February 28 – Wintering bald eagles
April 18 – Bald eagles and nests

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Golden Eagle Field Trips

December 13
January 24
February 7

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The National Eagle Center (NEC) reserves the right to cancel a field trip due to weather conditions or lack of registration. In case of cancellation by the NEC, a full refund will be offered to registrants. Any changes or cancellations will be communicated via email.