WABASHA, Minn. (KTTC) — Monday was a rainy day along the Mississippi River, but the National Eagle Center still celebrated Earth Day or as they also refer to it: “Hatch Day.”
Because they don’t always know an eagle’s exact birth date, they celebrate on Earth Day, marking another year lived by their rescued eagles.
The center helps the eagles celebrate by putting on “enrichment activities” for the birds of prey, which include live minnows in their water basins, giving the eagles a chance to catch fish like they might if they were in the wild.
While visitors are able to watch all the action up close.
“Visitors can be this close to a live eagle and with these kind of enrichment activities, see a live eagle doing behavior that in the wild, you would only see with binoculars from a distance, maybe if you’re lucky,” said Rolf Thompson, National Eagle Center Executive Director.
The eagles at the National Eagle Center are called “Eagle Ambassadors” and require human care, because they wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild on their own.