Every year as winter turns to spring, we celebrate the spring bald eagle migration with our SOAR with the Eagles festival. Each weekend we offer special programs and events at venues throughout Wabasha. Bring the whole family – there is something for everyone! Experience flying birds shows, meet live animals, see wild eagles – join us weekends in March!

Join us Friday, March 4th from 5 – 7pm for a special start to SOAR! Enjoy a presentation on the life and work of famed artist/naturalist John James Audubon (as portrayed by storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis). Plus, we’ll unveil our newest exhibit – Discover the Refuge! Learn about the process of creating the exhibit and refuge mural with Education Director Scott Mehus and artist Sue Mundy .

Two lucky guests will walk away with a gift certificate for a Broken Paddle Guided Flooded Forest Kayak Tour. (must be present to win)

March 5 & 6

Prepare to be wowed by exotic flying bird shows with the Birdman of Las Vegas! Plus, learn about the mysterious world of bats, laugh while learning during the Stokes Live Animal Show, experience the artistry behind Native American crafts and meet a live peregrine falcon. Click here to read more.

March 12 & 13

Meet a Swainson’s Hawk, Eurasian Eagle Owl and more with an exciting flying bird programs from the World Bird Sanctuary! Also, learn about American Kestrels and other raptors, and hear about the fascinating story of whooping crane recovery with a presentation by Operation Migration. Click here to read more.

March 19 & 20

Experience hawks, owls, falcons and vultures flying right over your head with shows by Wings to Soar! Then learn about Minnesota owl calls with “Alice” from the International Owl Center, meet a timber rattlesnake and hear about the important work being done to help protect monarch butterflies. Click here to read more.

March 26

Explore the features of the night sky as it changes throughout the seasons with Star Lab! Then join expert National Eagle Center naturalists as they teach you about the many exciting species of eagle found around the world and one found right here in North America – the golden eagle! Click here to read more.

SOAR with the Eagles Raffle

SOAR Memories – Highlights from Past Festivals

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