Golden eagles use the blufflands of the Upper Mississippi River Valley as wintering territory. Golden eagles are terrestrial hunters and are rarely seen near the water. The elusive raptors can be found in the bluffs and valleys along the Upper Mississippi River Valley in the winter months. The National Eagle Center is part of an on-going effort to better understand the habitat use and needs of these wintering golden eagles. For more information about golden eagles in the blufflands, see our Golden Eagle Project. You can learn more about golden eagles in the Upper Mississippi River Valley and see them in the wild on a guided tour led by our expert naturalists.

Field trips begin at 1pm with a brief classroom program, followed by a tour via coach bus to prime 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.

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December 13

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January 24

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February 7

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For more information, contact us at [email protected]

 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.