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National Eagle Center bald and golden eagle viewing field trips are back. After a hiatus during the 2020-2021 winter season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the center’s team of expert naturalists are preparing to lead guests to eagle viewing hotspots once again starting this fall.

“The eagle viewing along the Upper Mississippi River was phenomenal last winter,” said Scott Mehus, director of education at the center. “We were very disappointed that we weren’t able to share that experience with guests. Field trips are always a fun and memorable experience for our guests and educators alike, and we’re looking forward to hosting them again this season.”

This year’s field trip schedule features more field trips than previous years — 12 trips in total — and a greater variety of subjects, adding tundra swan and waterfowl field trips.

“Each year in late fall, the tundra swan migration generates a great deal of interest among birders and non-birders alike,” said Mehus. “We’ve included some swan viewing as part of our bald eagle trips in the past, but this year we will offer viewing opportunities specifically for people interested in swans and other migrating waterfowl.”

This season’s schedule includes five bald eagle trips, three golden eagle trips, two bald eagle and golden eagle dual-focus trips, and two tundra swan and waterfowl trips.

The season kicks off with a bald eagle field trip on Saturday, October 30, at 1 p.m. The cost is $40 for National Eagle Center members and $50 for non-members. Trips begin with a brief orientation at 1 p.m. and conclude back at the center between 4:30 and 5 p.m. for light refreshments.

For additional details about the upcoming season’s schedule and online registration, visit nationaleaglecenter.org/eagle-viewing

The National Eagle Center is a landmark interpretive center located in Wabasha that connects people with eagles in nature, history, and cultures. For more information, visit nationaleaglecenter.org.