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Eaglewatch, Inc.

A world where eagles are known.

aka National Eagle Center   |   Wabasha, MN   |  www.nationaleaglecenter.org

Mission

The world's premier resource for impactful eagle education and experiences.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Karlin Symons

Main address

POB 242 50 Pembroke Ave S.

Wabasha, MN 55981 USA

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EIN

41-1817466

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The National Eagle Center educates and motivates people to deeply appreciate eagles and our shared natural environment. Environmental stewardship and community sustainability depend on informed and inspired citizens. As our society becomes ever more connected to technology, urban lifestyles and other cultural pressures, many families, and young people, in particular, are spending less time engaged with the outdoors. We are losing our traditional close bonds to nature. All of our programs, exhibits, and special initiatives are carefully designed to accomplish two primary goals: environmental stewardship and community sustainability.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

National Eagle Center

The National Eagle Center is a world-class travel destination situated on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River in beautiful Wabasha, MN, and is the world's premiere resource for impactful eagle education and experiences.

When visiting the National Eagle Center, guests embark on an unforgettable experience, meet live eagles up close, and explore the connections eagles have to human history and cultures. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, Minnesota, visitors can observe hundreds of Bald and Golden Eagles in the wild during the winter and learn about eagles in North America and around the world year-round.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Association of Museums - Member 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

National Eagle Center

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The National Eagle Center paid admissions includes visitors to the interpretive center in Wabasha and outreach throughout the area.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Academics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

National Eagle Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students educated through school field trips and youth group visits.

Number of countries represented by visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of members.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

National Eagle Center

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 numbers reflect the COVID-19 pandemic influence on membership at the Center due to being closed several months of the year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The National Eagle Center envisions becoming the world's most comprehensive experience to educate, inspire and connect people to eagle biology, ecology, behavior, conservation, and the eagle's role throughout American history and culture.

An expansion is planned with museum-quality galleries, additional education and eagle care space, and several additional eagle ambassadors to the National Eagle Center visitor experience. This expansion will broaden our organizational impact that includes the acquisition of the world's largest eagle art collection, representing more than 20,000 museum quality pieces of eagles in American symbolism, history, and culture. This collection includes historic and modern masterpieces with works by John James Audubon and Andy Warhol.

By drawing 125,000 visitors to Wabasha, MN each year we will be a vital part of the region's economic viability as we inspire thousands of visitors to live as thoughtful environmental and cultural stewards.

Our strategic advantages unique to the National Eagle center are our location in a historic river town on the Mississippi River where eagles can be found year round, an unparalleled visitor experience with eagles up close with no barrier, the Golden Eagle Project, a research project that is adding significantly to the world's knowledge of golden eagles in the region, and most importantly our central subject, eagles of North America. Eagles have deep and significant symbolism and meaning to American Indians, US miliary and veterans, and to all Americans. The bald eagle is second only to the flag as the most widely recognized and revered symbol of the United States.

A capital campaign is underway to raise funds for the expanded National Eagle Center.

The National Eagle Center is led by an active 11 member Board of Directors made up of dedicated and experienced leaders from private business, academia, government, and philanthropy. We are served by a skilled professional staff of 14 full time and 12 part-time members. All of our programs are strengthened with the help of an expanding number of active volunteers.

EagleWatch was formed by volunteers to attract visitors to see the eagles gathering in stunning numbers over the open waters of the Mississippi at Wabasha, Minnesota. In 2007 the National Eagle Center's stunning interpretive center, a testament to our cherished living national symbol and the centerpiece of a regional resurgence on both sides of the Mississippi, was built. Now more than a decade later, The National Eagle Center is a destination museum and learning center celebrating and conserving bald and golden eagles.

The National Eagle Center has earned accolades for the unique experience it provides to visitors young and old. Our two-fold mission is stewardship of the eagle and the environment and education about the eagle and its symbolism. We have an exciting opportunity to build on our history -- doing justice to the great bird and to the legions of visitors to come.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Eaglewatch, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Randy Eggenberger

James Reidy

Winona, MN

Toni Smith

Wabasha, MN

Dave Kostik

Minneapolis, MN

Barry Hill

Montana

Suzanne Blue

Red Wing, MN

Randy Eggenberger

Lake City, MN

Don Jacoby

Wabasha, MN

John Wodele

Minneapolis, MN

Ross Lexvold

Red Wing, MN

John Beatty

Rochester, MN

Blake Johnson

Saint Paul, MN

Robin Gwaltney

Reads Landing, MN

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/5/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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Race & ethnicity

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