September 29 and 30 the National Eagle Center will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a weekend of special programs, observances and demonstrations. Celebrating 5 Years! was chosen as the title for the weekend because five years is a notable milestone for a number of reasons. Five years is the time it takes for a bald eagle to reach adulthood and get its white head and tail. The National Eagle Center’s landmark interpretive facility opened five years ago, on September 29th, 2007. And, coincidentally, the bald eagle was removed from the Endangered Species list five years ago; a remarkable recovery from near extinction for our national symbol.
Celebrating 5 Years! will feature special programs and activities that are fun for all ages. To accommodate guest programs and larger audiences, the National Eagle Center is offering programs outdoors under a tent. Guest presenters S.O.A.R. South will offer a program with flying birds of prey at 11am and 2pm, both Saturday and Sunday. Native American hoop dancer Kevin Locke will delight audiences with song, story and dance at 12:30pm and 3:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
In addition, special exhibitors will be at the National Eagle Center all weekend, including US Fish and Wildlife Ranger Brian Pember with animals of the Upper Mississippi River. Chainsaw artist Curtis Ingvoldstad will demonstrate how he uses a chainsaw to turn wood into art inspired by nature. Several area photographers will offer photography for exhibit and sale. And kids will be able to create their own antler necklace with Lac Courte D’Oreilles craftsman Dick Mindykowski.
During the celebration, visitors can explore the new life-size eagle nest exhibit, enjoy a live eagle program and get photos with one of the eagle ambassadors.
In honor of the fifth anniversary, the National Eagle Center is offering a special reduced admission of just $5 per person on Saturday September 29th and Sunday, September 30th.
The National Eagle Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental stewardship and education about eagles and the Upper Mississippi River watershed. For a complete schedule of programs and events visit, www.nationaleaglecenter.org.