• National Eagle Center hosting 26th annual SOAR with the Eagles festival during March

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    February 20, 2019

    Wabasha, MN – The National Eagle Center will host its 26th annual SOAR with the Eagles festival each weekend during March. Normally running four weekends, visitors of all ages will enjoy five full weekends of special exhibits and programming in 2019, the Center’s 30th anniversary year.

    Each weekend will feature bird shows at St. Felix Auditorium in downtown Wabasha. This year’s lineup includes Schlitz Audubon, Wings to Soar and World Bird Sanctuary.

    SOAR 2019 will also welcome an array of exhibitors from around the Midwest. Visitors will meet educators and view displays from the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Quarry Hill Nature Center, Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, the Midwest Peregrine Society, US Fish & Wildlife, Whitewater State Park, Pipestone National Monument, and more.

    “We’re very excited about this year’s SOAR lineup,” said Ed Hahn, Marketing Manager at the National Eagle Center. “To celebrate our 30th anniversary we’re bringing in some exciting new exhibitors and inviting back some crowd favorites.”

    During the festival, the Center’s Watershed Gallery exhibit features renowned Minnesota landscape photographer Craig Blacklock’s latest project titled ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVERS - The Enduring Gift. Blacklock is an internationally recognized and award-winning photographer who has published 18 books of photography of the wild area of Lake Superior.

    Each weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to create their own personal Native American crafts with Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Chippewa craftsman Dick Mindykowski. Mindykowski creates woodland gifts from naturally sourced wood, animal hides, and pelts. Visitors will learn about the special significance behind each element of the necklaces, dreamcatchers, rattles, and walking sticks they create. Native Crafts will take place in the National Eagle Center rotunda.

    During March, new and current members of the National Eagle Center will receive special eagle bands, replicas of the leg bands used for research with wild bald and golden eagles. Members will also enjoy priority program seating.

    For a complete schedule of exhibit and program times, visit nationaleaglecenter.org/soar-with-the-eagles.

    The National Eagle Center is a landmark interpretive center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. Offering wild eagle viewing and live eagle programs daily, the National Eagle Center connects people with eagles in nature, history, and culture. For more information about the National Eagle Center, visit nationaleaglecenter.org.

    Ed Hahn, Marketing Manager
    (651) 565-4989