Harriet has a feather tuft atop her head that makes her easy to identify. We can’t be certain, but suspect that this distinctive feather growth is the result of scar tissue and damage to feather follicles.
Shortly after she arrived here in 2000, the National Eagle Center held an essay contest with the local elementary schools. Students were asked to write an essay about a famous American that we could honor by naming this eagle. A first grader wrote an essay about Harriet Tubman, and Harriet the eagle got her name.
As an eagle ambassador with the National Eagle Center, Harriet made appearances across the country. She’s been featured on the Today Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2007, Harriet was in Washington DC to celebrate the removal of the bald eagle from the endangered species list.
Much of Harriet’s work over the years has been with veterans. She has visited VA hospitals and been a part of numerous veterans honor ceremonies. Harriet is the eagle featured on the Minnesota Support Our Troops license plate.