In 2017 we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the bald eagle’s removal from the Endangered Species List! After spending more than three decades as an endangered species, our nation’s symbol was removed from the list in 2007.

There was a time in America where seeing a bald eagle was a rare and special occasion. In fact, from 1968 to 1972, there was only one remaining pair of bald eagles on the Mississippi River between Wabasha, MN and Rock Island, IL, a distance of 261 miles! Older visitors to the National Eagle Center frequently tell us that they never saw a wild bald eagle growing up.

Today, the number of bald eagles continue to increase and seeing a bald eagle soar in the sky is common occurrence that viewers of all ages enjoy.  

Celebrate with us!

Special Enrichment

A special occasion calls for special treats! The eagle ambassadors enjoy special enrichment activities during special events. They may receive special toys, food puzzles or even live minnows in their water basins! These activities provide visitors with fun experiences and photo opportunities. Stop in and see what the eagles are up to! 

June 17th – Pontoon Rides

Ranger Ed Lagace of the US Fish & Wildlife Service will offer pontoon rides on the Mississippi River throughout the day. This is a great opportunity to encounter the river and its wildlife with an expert guide! Ranger Ed will share interesting facts and insight and answer your questions about our local environment and native plant, animal and bird species.

Ride Times: 10:20, 11:30, 1:15, 2:20, 3:30

Rides are FREE to the public. 10 seats available per tour. Reserve your seat at the admission desk. Rides last 1 hour and may be cancelled due to weather.