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Our Eagles

Meet Our Eagles

Angel came to the National Eagle Center in 2000. She had been found on the ground with a broken wing near Grantsburg, WI in 1999. She was just a fledgling and had been surviving on scraps of fish from nearby herons’ nests.

In her years here, Angel has matured from a dark headed juvenile to a fully mature, white-headed female bald eagle.

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Columbia, an adult female bald eagle, hatched in 2001. She was injured in a vehicle collision that fractured her right shoulder. During treatment for her injuries, Columbia was found to have nearly twice the lethal dose of lead in her blood. Lead is extremely dangerous for eagles. Just a tiny amount of lead can be lethal in 4-5 days. Columbia was able to be treated for lead poisoning, but any damage already incurred would be irreversible.

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Donald - Golden Eagle Ambassador

Donald is the first golden eagle ambassador at the National Eagle Center. We are proud to have both eagle species that are native to North America represented here. We are unsure of Donald’s exact age. His fully adult plumage suggests he hatched sometime before 2002.

Donald arrived at the National Eagle Center on January 8, 2008 and was named for the Donald Weesner Charitable Trust, whose generous donation made his arrival and training possible. 

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In the summer of 2016 on the shore of the Mississippi River near Winona, Minnesota, a local tour boat company noticed a fledgling eagle on the ground near an eagle’s nest. With help from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, he was transferred to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for veterinary evaluation. They determined he had a malformed left eye, making survival in the wild impossible. He arrived at the National Eagle Center on September 22, 2016.

His name is “Latsch” in honor of the life and legacy of John A. Latsch, the 20th century Winona businessman and environmental conservationist who gifted more than 18,000 acres of land in this area to the public. Much of the excellent bald eagle nesting habitat on Mississippi River land and waters around Winona, including where Latsch was found, are preserved because of the generosity of John A. Latsch.

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Was’aka arrived from Florida, where he was discovered as a fledgling with a tumor over his left eye. Even after surgery to remove the tumor, Was’aka remains blind in the left eye and is unable to hunt for himself. Was’aka hatched in 2006.

Was’aka is the Dakota word for strength. The Dakota people were the original inhabitants of the place now known as Wabasha, Minnesota.

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Sky became friends with the eagle ambassadors, visiting with them during their mornings outside in the weathering yard and wanted to become an eagle ambassador. Sky spends time at the National Eagle Center greeting visitors and helping with outreach events around Minnesota and Wisconsin. Sky’s favorite activities are making people smile and taking photos with eagle lovers. If you get your photos with Sky, be sure to share on social media using the following hashtags: #skytheeagle #nationaleaglecenter #onlyinMN

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Harriet was the first eagle ambassador and arrived at the National Eagle Center in 2000. In 1998, a vehicle collision left her left wing badly dislocated and part of it was subsequently amputated.

Harriet is perhaps the most famous eagle ambassador, having appeared on national television shows including The Tonight Show, Today Show and The Colbert Report. Harriet is also honored on the Minnesota Support Our Troops license plate. Harriet passed away in May of 2016 at the age of 35.

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