WEEKEND 3: MARCH 16/17

FEATURE PROGRAM: WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY
Saturday & Sunday at 12pm and 2:30pm
At St. Felix Auditorium

Don’t miss this fast flying, high excitement program featuring some spectacular exotic raptors! Join presenters from World Bird Sanctuary as they introduce you to their team of flying birds from around the world and learn many interesting facts about them. Then, be wowed as they soar right over your head! Sure to be a crowd pleaser, this show will entertain visitors of all ages. Bring your love of birds and a camera and SOAR with the Eagles!

EXHIBITS & EXHIBITORS

EAGLE ANSWERS GIVEN LIVE EVERYDAY
Saturday & Sunday ALL DAY
In National Eagle Center

Drop-in and visit the live eagle ambassadors where they live! Our naturalist educators will be on hand to answer your questions, feed the eagles, and provide you with an unforgettable up-close experience with our resident bald and golden eagles. Bring your eagle enthusiasm, eagle questions, and your camera!

ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVER – The Enduring Legacy
The Photography of Craig Blacklock
Saturday & Sunday – ALL DAY
In Watershed Gallery

The year 2018 marked the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The act gave federal protection to eight rivers, including the Namekagon and the St. Croix River. The Enduring Gift Photography Project is a joint production between photographer Craig Blacklock and the St. Croix River Association. It celebrates the 50-year history and documents the rivers as they are today. For more than two years, Blacklock kayaked, canoed, and hiked the rivers – even exploring them from the vantage point of a drone – to capture images we’ve never seen before.

US Fish & Wildlife Service w/Ranger Ed Legace
Saturday Only – All Day
2nd Floor of National Eagle Center

Join US Fish & Wildlife Ranger Ed Legace as he shares his extensive knowledge of the Driftless Region of the Upper Mississippi River. Learn about bird and animals that live in our region and ask your questions about eagles, animals, and natural features. Learn about the US Fish & Wildlife Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge and gain a deeper understanding of nature in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

QUARRY HILL NATURE CENTER
Saturday Only – Noon – 4pm
2nd Floor of National Eagle Center

The raptor world consists of more than just eagles and hawks. Stop by the Quarry Hill booth and meet one of the Midwest’s native falcons – the kestrel! These small raptors are beautiful, adept hunters, and, unfortunately, face threats from habitat loss. Chat with the naturalists from Quarry Hill Nature Center to learn more about kestrels and other native birds and animals!

WHITEWATER STATE PARK
Sunday Only – All Day
2nd Floor of National Eagle Center

Chat with Whitewater State Park Ranger Sara Holger about area wildlife. She’ll introduce you to a rattlesnake and answer questions about these often misunderstood reptiles!

NATIVE DESIGNS w/Dick Mindykowski
Saturday & Sunday – ALL DAY
In Rotunda

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Chippewa craftsman Dick Mindykowski creates woodland gifts created from wood and animal products harvested from the outdoors. Walking sticks, canes, turtle rattles, beaver shields, dream catchers, leather pouches. All hand tanned and carved. A great activity for kids, he offers kids a chance to make their own necklace, dream catcher or keychain from beads, antler, hides and more.

KID’S CRAFTS
Saturday & Sunday – ALL DAY
Across Alley

Are the kids inspired by the eagles and cool animals they meet at SOAR? Let their imaginations run wild as they enjoy some nature-themed arts and crafts!

CLASSROOM EAGLE PROGRAM
Saturday & Sunday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm
(Passes Available 30 Minutes Prior – First Come, First Served)
Across Alley in 116 Main

Seating is limited. Passes (no extra charge) are required to reserve seats and are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes prior to program start.

Have you ever wondered, “How much does an eagle weigh?” or “How big is their wingspan?” Have all your eagle questions answered in these hands-on and entertaining live eagle programs. Our naturalists will share the biology, ecology, and natural history of bald and golden eagles. All of our presenters are knowledgeable, engaging and eager to share their passion for eagles with visitors of all ages.

A live eagle program typically last about 45 minutes and each program features an eagle feeding. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Cameras are encouraged!

MASTERS OF THE SKY PROGRAM
Saturday & Sunday at 2pm
(Passes Available 30 Minutes Prior – First Come, First Served)
Across Alley in 116 Main

Seating is limited. Passes (no extra charge) are required to reserve seats and are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes prior to program start.

The world of raptors is enormous and exciting! We see many different species of raptor throughout the year in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Interested in learning more about them? Then you need to check out Masters of the Sky. Based on the exhibit on the National Eagle’s 2nd floor, this program explores the world of hawks, falcons, and owls. Our naturalist educators will explore the reasons why raptors are an important part of the ecosystem, what makes different types of raptors unique, provide tips on identifying different species, and answer all your raptor questions.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!