Earth Day

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Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day with the Eagles!

Eagles in our area typically hatch around the third week of April. Since we’re not sure exactly when our eagle ambassadors hatched, we use April 22nd, or Earth Day, as our eagles’ “Hatch Day”. On this day, they each get a year older and we celebrate with special enrichment activities.

Happy Hatch Day Ambassadors!

Angel
19 Years Old

Columbia
17 Years Old

Donald
15 Years+

Latsch
2 Years Old

Was’aka
12 Years Old

Enjoy E.A.G.L.E. – Eagle Answers Given Live Everyday

All day, every day you can meet the live eagle ambassadors of the National Eagle Center and enjoy a  nose-to-beak with them! Have all your eagle and raptor questions answered in-person by our expert naturalist educators. Nowhere else can you get this close to live eagles while learning about these majestic raptors – the living symbol of our nation. Come check it out and be sure to bring your camera!

Egg-Crushing Demonstration
Noon

Eggs are incredible and possess remarkable structural strength! That is why the effect that DDT had on bald eagle and other raptor eggs during the mid-20th century was so shocking. Bird were crushing their own eggs during incubation! Join one of our naturalist educators for an egg-crushing demonstration and witness just how strong eggs are and learn the story of DDT’s use, it’s impact of eagles and other birds, and the remarkable recovery of bald eagles following the federal ban on its use.

Classroom Program
1:00pm

Enjoy the classroom program during your visit! Learn about eagle behavior, life cycle, habitat and more with a naturalist educator. Seating in the classroom is limited and filled on a first come, first serve basis. Please allow yourself plenty of time for arrival – we recommend planning to arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand.

To celebrate their “hatch day”, we provide the eagle ambassadors with special enrichment activities throughout the day. Enrichment can include many things, and it is important because it provides healthy visual and mental stimulation for the eagles. Enrichment activities can include special toys, hiding food bits in egg cartons or other containers, shredding newspapers, or thier favorite, fishing for live minnows in their water basins.