Harriet’s Story: One Eagle’s Impact

//Harriet’s Story: One Eagle’s Impact
Harriet’s Story: One Eagle’s Impact

Harriet’s Story: One Eagle’s Impact

Harriet, the National Eagle Center’s first eagle ambassador, passed away on May 26, 2016 at 35 years of age. Harriet was an amazing ambassador and touched thousands of lives in her lifetime. Watch this brief video to learn more about Harriet’s life and impact.

Learn more about Harriet

Harriet’s Early Life
Harriet’s name
Work with Veterans
A famous eagle
Harriet retires

Photos of Harriet

If you’d like, please leave your remembrance of Harriet below.


  1. Julie 05/26/2016 at 9:38 AM

    My family and I are deeply saddened by the news of Harriet’s passing. We send our condolences to all of the staff and volunteers of the NEC who cared for Harriet for so many years. May peace be with you Harriet.

  2. JoAnn Abbott 05/26/2016 at 1:08 PM

    As a kid, I didn’t know much about eagles. We didn’t see them. When I moved to live along the River in 2001, I was thrilled to be seeing wild bald eagles soaring above, to see those huge nests, to know these birds were out there. Harriet was the first bald eagle I saw “up close and personal” at the National Eagle Center on Main Street. What an amazing bird, what an honor to see her there. She caught my heart, and today I work as a volunteer at the NEC. Your job here is done, Harriet. Fly high and free, soar…. farewell.

  3. JoAnn Glowartz 05/26/2016 at 2:01 PM

    Harriet was an amazing eagle; she was a pillar of strength, hope and freedom. Her time at the NEC was cherished by the many staff and visitors, including myself. I often visited at the center. We should all feel honored that we were able to learn so much from Harriet. Harriet, fly free and soar with those who have gone before. You may be gone from the earth but not from our hearts.

  4. Anonymous 05/26/2016 at 3:32 PM

    Harriet, flying free again

  5. nancy krahn 05/26/2016 at 4:57 PM

    Fly Free Harriett! I will always remember your puff of feathers!

  6. Jan Sacks 05/26/2016 at 5:31 PM

    As a yearly visitor to the NEC, I so enjoyed seeing Harriet. She was the education eagle the first time I went, and many times after. It is sad that she won’t be there when I go next time, but she is in a better place now. Be free, girl, and soar with the wind. You are missed. JAN

  7. Anonymous 05/26/2016 at 6:18 PM

    Two years ago we took our three grandkids to the wonderful Eagle Center. We certainly remember Harriet and are saddened about her death. Thank you to all who provide this fine education about our beautiful Eagles. Know you, as staff, are saddened at her death. Harriet provided much education to the world!

  8. Peggy and Jim Johnson, Isabelle, Ben and Jimmy 05/26/2016 at 6:21 PM

    Two years ago we took our three grandkids to the wonderful Eagle Center. We certainly remember Harriet and are saddened about her death. Thank you to all who provide this fine education about our beautiful Eagles. Know you, as staff, are saddened at her death. Harriet provided much education to the world!

  9. donna morgan 05/26/2016 at 10:57 PM

    My condolences to everyone who helped Harriet at the NEC. She was a beautiful eagle. She is now able to fly free. Peace be with her.

  10. Lois Steyer 05/27/2016 at 7:02 AM

    Harriet, You will be missed. You are now free to fly again.

  11. Anonymous 05/27/2016 at 7:53 AM

    Ahhhhhh Harriet. My husband was MIA from the Vietnam War. After 38 years, we were able to bring him home in 2007. It was an amazing day. As we followed the casket to the church, I was pretty lost in thought and memories. But as we neared the stairs to enter the church, I looked up and saw Harriet. She reached in deeply and touched my sad heart, and turned it to proud. She was a great ambassador. I have visited her many times at the Eagle Center. She will be missed. I am also thrilled for her to be able to fly free again. Go, Harriet! And THANKS for your presence!

  12. Colleen Hendrickson 05/27/2016 at 9:31 AM

    I have so many memories of Harriet coming to the VA in Minneapolis to visit our veterans. I have a tattoo of her on my back. There are lots of people Harriet touched with just being here with the veterans. She was a special girl. She will be missed. Fly high with the Eagles again, Soar like the wind. You will be missed but you always have my back.

  13. Conser, Webb & Kleman 05/27/2016 at 12:47 PM

    We were recently at the NEC, & Harriet won our hearts with her majestic beauty!! Our sincere condolences to her staff!

  14. William Johnson 05/27/2016 at 6:59 PM

    I’ve always loved eagles. From my collection of eagle prints and statues to a paper I wrote in college. The Center brought Harriet down to my church in Fridley during our annual game feed and I got a photo with her. My ears were glued to the speaker when he spoke about the work Harriet had done and how she made such a wonderful ambassador for the Center…RIP Harriet. You did well.

  15. Harriet Nauheimer 05/30/2016 at 7:57 AM

    Harriet, you are mostly responsible for my love of bald eagles. I have always loved nature of any kind. We met about 10 years ago at Wabasha and I was totally smitten by you and the other residents there. You have made me a life-long lover of birds of prey, especially “baldies”.
    We share much more than a name. Thinking of visiting you helped me through a very tough few years.
    Fly free, girl. Spread your wings and soar forever!


  16. Pat Trotter 06/01/2016 at 11:18 AM

    I am so sorry to hear that Harriet has died. She was a wonderful ambassador for the Eagle Center and all eagles. She touched so many lives in a positive way, especially veterans. She will truly be missed by many, many people. Thank you for your wonderful care of her over the years. Thank you for all you do to take care of these amazing birds and for all you do to educate people about them and other aspects of nature. The National Eagle Center is truly a treasure and I’m glad we have had the opportunity to get to know its residents and caretakers. Keep up the good, wonderful, amazing work that all of you do.

    Pat Trotter

  17. Kent Kroupa-Phoenix, Arizona 06/02/2016 at 5:33 PM

    I was on my way to see Harriet at the NEC tomorrow(June 3) and decided to check the website for any updates-very saddened to hear of Harriet’s passing-coming from Phoenix, Az I was very excited to see the NEC again -still excited ,but with a heavy heart-she touched my life forever-Soar high our beautiful friend.

  18. Mary Beth 06/06/2016 at 1:13 AM

    Harriet posed for a photo with me at the Eagle Center a number of years ago. My work includes selling license plates, and I was so excited when Harriet appeared on the Support Our Troops plate. I would often tell those buying the plate about Harriet and the National Eagle Center. I am sad to hear of her passing, but glad she is no longer in pain. She continues to live on to serve her country and support our troops on the license plate.

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