Wabasha will celebrate new eagle, new center
From staff reports
WABASHA -- Wabasha will celebrate the groundbreaking for a new National Eagle Center building and the arrival of a third bald eagle at the center with an Eagle Days event Friday and Saturday in downtown Wabasha.
All three of the center's eagles are injured and couldn't survive in the wild. The newest eagle will be named Columbia in honor of the space shuttle's crew.
During Eagle Days, visitors can see the center's other two eagles, Harriet and Angel, beginning at 10 a.m. For $5, visitors between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. may have photographs taken with an eagle.
On Friday, the paddlewheeler American Queen is expected to be docked in Wabasha from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 11 a.m., there will be the groundbreaking for the new center, the introduction of the new eagle, the opening of an exhibit tent and book-signings by two authors, Kenny Salway and Karen Hollingsworth. The Raptor Center's eagle program will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anglers can trade lead tackle for non-toxic tackle from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aztec dancers will perform at 12:30 p.m.
The exhibit tent will open at 11 a.m. Saturday. On that day, the fishing tackle exchange and a chance to make special bandanas will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a cancellation with a special stamp from 11 a.m. to noon. And the Raptor Center will have its program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.