Mission & History

/Mission & History
Mission & History

 

Our Mission:

Connecting people with eagles in nature, history, and cultures

  • To educate about the ecology, biology and natural history of eagles

  • To connect people with the symbol and significance of eagles in American history and in cultures around the world

  • To inspire environmental conservation and sustainability

The National Eagle Center is a world-class interpretive center located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN. We are home to non-releasable bald and golden eagles. During a visit to the National Eagle Center, you can experience these magnificent creatures up close.

The Upper Mississippi River Valley is home to hundreds of bald eagles. Many choose to build their nests in the tall trees along the river valley. Hundreds more bald eagles arrive here in the winter months, as the Mississippi River remains open around Wabasha year round.

In 1989, we began as EagleWatch, Inc. (still our corporate legal name) as a group of volunteers sharing with visitors to Wabasha views of wintering bald eagles from an outdoor observation deck along the river. We have grown a lot since that time. In 2000, we opened year-round in a small storefront downtown and welcomed our first two Eagle Ambassadors, Harriet and Angel.

In 2007, in a partnership with the City of Wabasha, we opened this 15,000 square foot interpretive center right on the banks of the Mississippi River. From this facility, you can enjoy magnificent views of wild eagles and meet our resident Eagle Ambassadors.

This unique area is home to both North American eagle species, the bald eagle and the golden eagle. Golden eagles can be seen here in winter months, though rarely close to the river.  We continue to learn more about golden eagles in this region through our Golden Eagle Project.

Eaglewatch, Inc. dba National Eagle Center is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.

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