Meet Our Eagles
Hoksida is the newest member of the team. Hatched in 2015, he was found in the summer of 2015 in Port Orchard, WA wandering on the beach with an significant infection in and around his eyes, making it difficult for him to find food. While today he is covered in brown feathers, with slight white mottling on his breast, in 4-5 years he will have the distinctive white head and tail of an adult bald eagle. His dark brown eyes will also lighten, and his black beak will fade to the bright yellow of an adult. We’re looking forward to watching the transition!
Pronounced “hok’-she-da”, it is the Dakota work for boy or little boy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.