Great River Road 08 - National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN

The National Eagle Center does research, conservation and education about eagles.

Located in the picturesque town of Wabasha, MN the center draws about 75K visitors yearly.

Admission Fees, For Once

We aren’t on vacation - if we paid for all the attractions on the Great River Road that charged admission we’d quickly blow our budget. The National Eagle Center seemed worthy of our cash.

Snowbirds, But Not That Kind

The center got its start in this location due to the large number of eagles that spend their winters here. The Mississippi River joins with the Chippewa River to form a spot where water does not freeze over and food sources are abundant - so over 100 Bald Eagles call Wabasha home for the winter.

Engaging Education

We timed our arrival for a 3:00 presentation lasting 45 minutes. The naturalist - Scott Mehus - was engaging and informative. He was holding up well in spite of the Center being swamped with public school families.

Wait, on a school day?

MEA

We kept hearing people mention “MEA” - which is apparently a week where all teachers take off Thursday and Friday for conferences which means families can take off for a long weekend somewhere.

Like the National Eagle Center.

Miranda tests the weight of a Bald Eagle

Miranda tests the weight of a Bald Eagle

This Bald Eagle is disabled but loves to watch the scenery out the window and will start calling if it sees another eagle.

This Bald Eagle is disabled but loves to watch the scenery out the window and will start calling if it sees another eagle.

Looking up on the top floor of the center.

Looking up on the top floor of the center.

Today's meal was raw rabbit.

Today's meal was raw rabbit.

The National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN

The National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN

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