Why is she here?

On December 31st, 2001, Columbia was feeding on a dead deer by the side of the road when she was struck by a vehicle. Her right wing was broken near the shoulder and she was admitted to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. During examination, they found that she had a small amount of lead in her blood.

Columbia was named in memory of the crew lost in the space shuttle Columbia disaster.

Basic Facts

  • Bald Eagle

  • Female

  • Hatched in 2001

  • Dunbar, Wisconsin

  • Ambassador since 2003

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