The National Eagle Center announced they have reopened its doors to the public. On Friday, January 15, 2021, the Center welcomed back visitors for the first time since temporarily closing last December by order of the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are very excited to welcome visitors back to see the eagles at the start of this new year,” said Ed Hahn, marketing manager at the center. “However, due to the ongoing pandemic and state health guidelines, there are some important changes people need to be aware of as they plan their next visit. We continue to ask people to register ahead of time online to reserve their spot. If people have questions about doing this online, they can call us, as well.”
Per state requirements, the Center has a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in place and will only be allowed to operate at 25-percent visitor capacity.
The Center plans to be open weekly, Friday through Sunday. Each day there will be three 90-minutes sessions at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Visitors will be required to register in advance by purchasing timed admission tickets prior to their arrival. There will be a limit of 50 visitors allowed per each session to ensure that all safety protocols are being followed to assure the safety of guests. Staff will thoroughly clean and disinfect the facility between each group session.
Admission prices to the center remain unchanged.
“The National Eagle Center continues to put the health and safety of our visitors and staff as our top priority,” said CEO Meg Gammage-Tucker. “We have a proven system in place to ensure that we are keeping people safe while they are here enjoying the live eagle ambassadors and learning from the new and interactive exhibits that have been recently updated.”
In addition to reserved ticketed admission, visitors will be required to wear masks while inside the center and daily classroom programs are unavailable due to social distancing requirements. Guests will be allowed to go into the eagle ambassadors’ display area and are encouraged to bring their own binoculars and scopes for wild eagle viewing during their visit.
“Winter is the prime eagle viewing season along the river. We also know that people are wanting to safely get out and come to the center to visit the eagles in-person,” said Hahn. “We -- including our eagle ambassadors -- have really missed having visitors! We are eager to be able to facilitate -- as best we can -- the up close and personal National Eagle Center experience people have come to know and love.”
Additional visitor information and tickets are available online at nationaleaglecenter.org/reopen. Admission tickets are available for purchase now.
If you are interested in a new kind of interactive eagle experience, check out the In the Field Habitat Tours at www.nationaleaglecenter.org/habitattourexperience. These interactive tours are for immediate household members only. You will have the chance to follow your naturalist guide in your own vehicle to pre-scouted viewing locations to observe bald eagles, nesting sites, migrating waterfowl, gorgeous scenery, and the beautiful, but elusive golden eagles that overwinter in the region.
For those who prefer an inside adventure with the eagle ambassadors, we have you covered. The Behind the Scenes Tour — www.nationaleaglecenter.org/behindscenes — is a premium, small-group tour experience that is perfect for families and households and takes your eagle education to the next level in a safe setting. You and up to six of your invited friends and family will visit the Eagle Care Department of the National Eagle Center, where you’ll explore how our experts care for your eagles. Our avian team will answer all your questions in detail, demonstrate and explain their daily tasks, and provide a brand new look at the eagles’ lives. It is perfect for members, eagle and raptor enthusiasts, and students.
Please visit our website for more information and pricing for these unique once in a lifetime opportunities.