SOAR with the Eagles

Catch the last two weekends of the monthlong festival at Wabasha’s National Eagle Center
Bald eagle against the sky

Jamey Guy

Every March, many of Minnesota’s bald eagles move along the Mississippi River corridor, migrating for nesting season. For the past 30 years, Wabasha’s National Eagle Center has worked on helping people to not only see these magnificent creatures, but to understand them.

People can visit the center year round and experience its two stories of interactive exhibits and meet its ambassador eagles, but in March, the center puts on special programs for a recurring weekend festival called SOAR with the Eagles.

Some of the programming is carried over from the center’s regular events, like the eagle Q&A (with a live bird) and educational and classroom programs, but others such as Native Arts and kids’ crafts add even more things to do.

Check out highlights of the remaining lineup:

March 23 & 24, noon-1 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Wings to Soar Program
This show combines music, video, and live birds of prey at the St. Felix Auditorium in Wabasha.

March 23 & 24, 2-3 p.m.: Midwest Peregrine Society Program
Master falconer Jackie Fallon talks about what falconry is and how it works drawing on her own decades of research and experience. Plus, she’s not alone: She has brought some of her falcons along for you to meet as well.

March 30 & 31, noon-1 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Schiltz Audobon Program
Birds of prey are more than just eagles, and in this program at the St. Felix Auditorium, you’ll see the differences up close with living bald eagles, snowy owls, turkey vultures, and more and learn how they fit into the ecosystem.

March 30 & 31, 2-3 p.m.: Masters of the Sky Program
Put on by the National Eagle Center, this educational program focuses on hawks, falcons, and owls, bringing the information from the National Eagle’s second-level exhibit to life.