One of our favorite places to visit is the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota. This wonderful place has several rehabilitated Bald and Golden Eagles. Unable to fly, they are ambassadors for there species. Mrs. T and I have meet them up close and personal several times, especially during their favorite enrichment activities. I'll let the Eagle Center explain:
"Our eagles enjoy a variety of enrichment activities specifically designed to ensure they are healthy both mentally and physically. For example, their is Beach Day enrichment - when the eagles go down to the river for access to the Mighty Mississippi River - just like their wild cousins! Beach Day engages all the birds' senses. It's auditory, visual, tactile, and sometimes dietary, if they are lucky enough to catch a fish! It's an ideal enrichment activity."
Harriet and Angel enjoying a day at the beach!
Several times when we were in the park along the river watching our eagle friends exercise, some wild eagle cousins from the Wisconsin flew over and landed in a nearby cottonwood tree. There was some calling/squawking back and forth..... It was both beautiful and heart rending at the same time as we wished our friend Angel could fly once again. Here she is greeting the Troutbirders. What a magnificent creature.