Golden Eagle

13th Annual Wintering Golden Eagle Survey

Sat, Jan 21 , 2017
All Day

National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave,
Wabasha, MN 55981

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Greetings Golden Eagle Aficionados,

Winter has finally arrived, so it must be time to be out looking for golden eagles. The 13th Annual Wintering Golden Eagle Survey will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Last year more  than 180 observers covered 60 survey areas from Hastings, MN to southern Iowa and across nine counties in western Wisconsin and documented 147 Golden Eagles. A very high number of Bald Eagles (1,509) were also counted.  This is  an amazing number that shows how many Bald Eagles winter in the bluff country well away from the open water areas of the  Mississippi River.

Twelve species of raptors were observed on count day including, 792 Red-tailed Hawks, 108 Rough-legged Hawks, and 60 (107 in 2015) American Kestrels to name just a few.

We are so grateful to the surveyors giving their time to help document this wintering population of golden eagles. We are all a part of rewriting the book on what we thought we knew about golden eagles in the Midwest. We are looking forward to another great year of the survey and hoping you can be a part of it. Experienced volunteer observers – If you have done the survey before and would like to have the same route this year, I would like to hear back from you no later then Wednesday January 11th  2016.

Click here to view survey route maps:  http://www.

New Volunteers – For those who are interested in doing the survey for the first time, I’m asking that you attend one of the following training sessions.

January  7th 2017
10:00-11:30 am
Beaver Creek Reserve S1
County Road K
Fall Creek, WI 54742

January 12 2017
1:00-3:30 pm
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave
Wabasha MN 55981
651-565-4989 ext. 101

January 14 2017
10:30-11:30 am Public program about Golden Eagles featuring a live Golden Eagle
12:00-3:00 pm Survey Training
The training sessions and program are free. A State Park vehicle sticker is required for admission to Whitewater State Park.
Whitewater State Park
19041 Highway 74 Altura, MN 55910
507-932-3007 ext. 226

Even if you can not attend a training session, don’t feel you are ready for your own route, you can still help with the survey. Contact me and I can set you up with a more experienced observer(s). When looking for golden eagles in the blufflands, the more eyes the better!

If you have questions about the upcoming survey or want more information, please feel free to contact me. For organizing the survey, I’m using this email account (, so feel free to reply here. Or give me a call at 651-565-4989.

Thanks again for your interest in the Golden Eagle Project!

Scott Mehus

To learn more about the Golden Eagle Project

For your friends and family that would like to learn more about Golden Eagles and want the chance to see one in the wild, please encourage them to check out the National Eagle Centers field trips.

Golden Eagle Field Trips schedule: