Your Eagle Viewing Headquarters

Winter is the best time to visit the National Eagle Center and Wabasha, Minnesota offers a unique opportunity to see both of North America’s eagle species in the wild. You can learn more about eagles in the Upper Mississippi River Valley and get great views of bald and golden eagles in the wild on a guided eagle tour into prime eagle habitat with our expert naturalists.

We host our eagle viewing experiences during the height eagle viewing seasons from November to February, capturing the full range of seasonal viewing. Our trips also incorporate fall tundra swan migration! Our expert naturalists lead you to bald and golden eagle viewing hot spots in and around the Mississippi River valley. You can view these majestic birds in the wild while learning about their habitat, behavior, and tips for identifying them on your own. Plus, you never know what other wildlife we may see along the way! Minimal walking is required and photography is highly encouraged.

Bald Eagle Field Trips

What are bald eagle field trips?

The Upper Mississippi River Valley is home to hundreds of bald eagles. In the summer months, bald eagles nest along the river valley and feed their young from the plentiful fish of the Mississippi River. In the winter months, hundreds more bald eagles migrate to this area to find open water on the Mississippi River near Wabasha, MN. You can learn more about eagles in the Upper Mississippi River Valley and get great views of bald eagles and bald eagle nests along the river on a guided field trip with our expert naturalists.

Trips begin at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha and participants follow the National Eagle Center van to pre-scouted eagle viewing locations. Participants should dress for the weather and bring their own binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras if desired. Little walking is required.

Golden Eagle Field Trips

What are golden eagle field trips?

The Upper Mississippi River Valley is home to hundreds of bald eagles. In the summer months, bald eagles nest along the river valley and feed their young from the plentiful fish of the Mississippi River. In the winter months, not only do hundreds more bald eagles migrate to this area to find open water on the Mississippi River near Wabasha, MN, but golden eagles also migrate from the arctic tundra of northern Canada to the bluff country of Southeastern Minnesota and Southwestern Wisconsin!

Golden eagles are beautiful and majestic raptors, but they are also much more secretive and elusive than bald eagles. Thanks to the ongoing work of the Golden Eagle Project, we are learning more and more about the population that overwinters in this region and their behavior. These guided experiences are a truly great way to learn how to identify golden eagles and distinguish them from juvenile bald eagles, and receive pointers on how better spot them and where to look for them on your own.

Trips begin at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha and participants follow the National Eagle Center van to pre-scouted eagle viewing locations. Participants should dress for the weather and bring their own binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras if desired. Little walking is required.