Meet Our National Eagle Center Ambassadors

We are proud to be home to multiple Bald Eagles and a Red-Tailed Hawk who were rescued from around the United States and rehabilitated here at the National Eagle Center.

Our eagle ambassadors are considered non-releasable due to injuries sustained prior to their arrival and provide you with a unique and unforgettable up-close encounter.

You have not experienced the true beauty of an eagle until you’ve met one face-to-face. Get to know our eagle ambassadors and plan your next visit to the Center.

Our Bald Eagle Ambassadors


Meet Angel

In 1999, Angel was found as a fledgling on the ground near an eagle’s nest. She had a broken bone in her left wing but survived on fish scraps from nearby heron nests. Angel was treated at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota and arrived at the Center in 2000.

Learn more about Angel and the sweet way in which she received her name.

Meet Columbia

Named for the crew of the 2003 space shuttle disaster, Columbia came to us from The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. She was injured in a vehicle collision that fractured her right wing and was found to have nearly twice the lethal dose of lead in her blood.

Learn more about Columbia and her story of survival.


Meet Was’aka

Was’aka, which means strength in Dakota, arrived at the National Eagle Center in 2009. When Was’aka was rescued, he had a tumor that covered his left eye and prevented him from finding food. Today, at just six pounds, he is a large presence at the Center and leaves a lasting impression on our visitors.

Learn more about Was’aka and what made him an eagle ambassador.

Meet Latsch

Latsch arrived at the National Eagle Center in 2016 after being rescued by the US Fish & Wildlife Service and a local cruise boat on an island outside of Winona, MN. He had been found on the ground near an eagle’s nest along the Mississippi River and was discovered to be blind in his left eye.

Learn about why Latsch was adopted by the Center, and the person he was named in honor of.


Meet Hollywood

Hollywood arrived at the National Eagle Center in 2017 after an injury left her unable to survive in the wild. Unlike our other ambassadors, Hollywood is a beautiful Red-Tailed Hawk with an impressive wingspan of 3 feet. She provides a unique opportunity for our handlers to learn how to work with raptors on a much smaller scale.

Learn more about Hollywood and her role at the Center.

Meet Sky

Sky represents the heart of the National Eagle Center and greets our visitors from around the world. He represents the Center at outreach events around Minnesota and Wisconsin and participates in educational programs, birthday parties, and parades.

Learn how Sky found the National Eagle Center and how you can meet him the next time you visit Wabasha, MN.


How Can You Support The Future Of Eagle Ambassadors?

Donate to the National Eagle Center

Your donations help to provide the resources we need to properly care for our current eagles and ensure we have the capacity to take in others. We appreciate every donation and believe that together we can protect the eagles and the land that sustains them.