ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW)- It was a celebration at the Upper Mississippi River Refuge in Onalaska for International Migratory Bird Day.
At the refuge, children and families were able to see a live bald eagle thanks to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha.
His name is Was’aka; this means strength in the Dakota language.
8 year old Was’aka was found injured with a tumor on his face. As a result of surgery to remove the tumor, he is blind. He is unable to be rehabilitated.
There are over 60 different types of eagles including the bald eagle.
The bald eagle is a fish eating bird. This makes it an important part of the Mississippi ecosystem.
“Within those habitats, there are a lot of other animals using that area, and that’s because we’ve protected that habitat for the eagle. We’re actually protecting these other animals as well,” said care specialist for the National Eagle Center, Jennifer Drayna.
Families also built bird feeders and heard from UW-Madison Professor Stanley Temple.
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