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 golden eagle field trips 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.
Field trips begin at 1pm with a brief classroom program, followed by a tour via coach bus to prime golden eagle viewing locations. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras if desired. Little walking is required – simply step off the bus for a great view! Field trips return to the National Eagle Center for light refreshments and a chance to share photos and stories from the day and conclude by 5pm.
Please note that children are welcome to attend field trips, but that the experiences are geared toward an adult audience. Trips generally last around 4 1/2 hours and involve a lot of sitting and listening. We ask that parents use discretion when determining whether or not a field trip is age-appropriate for their children and generally do not advise field trips for children younger than 10 years of age. There is no discount when reserving seats for children.