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.