More than four decades after the passage of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, its language still applies as Native and Indigenous communities continue to establish sovereignty and land rights.
During this time, many of the CPN Eagle Aviary residents are building nests, and the pairs there have become more territorial and vocal while defending their space. Everyone’s appetite has increased. Many times, they forecast the weather better than the local meteorologists.
Looking for patterns in frequent visits to areas during the fall and winter, we hope to narrow down locations that she might have chosen to nest. Although, there is one pattern and place unrelated to the focus of nesting that stands out. Wadasé has never failed to come home in the beginning of fall or during the winter months.
Wadasé’s last visit to the aviary was the first week of September. True to her pattern over the last few years, she visits late fall or early winter, briefly, as if to just check in.
Mindful approaches to both the design and implementation of the CPN Eagle Aviary’s enclosures keeps the birds in shape, both mentally and physically.
The CPN Eagle Aviary is proud to also care for three non-eagles including an augur buzzard named Nikan, a peregrine falcon named Lady Z and Jigwé, a Harris’s hawk.
Summer is the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary’s busiest season. It includes the Family Reunion Festival, the Potawatomi Leadership Program, summer camp tours as well as eagle feather molting. The heat and severe weather also require staff to take extra precautions.
The Potawatomi use eagle feathers in ceremony, while smudging and as a part of regalia. Eagles molt from mid-March to late September, and during this time, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary staff collects feathers at sunrise every day.
This episode focuses on art created by Tribal members, highlighting both a stop-motion animator and a painter who mixes foundations of Native American art with eclecticism. A staff member of the CPN Eagle Aviary teaches the similarities and differences between bald and golden eagles, which the aviary houses.
The CPN Eagle Aviary employs sound animal husbandry practices that create a safe, enriching environment for the eagles and help educate the public about Potawatomi culture. Learn more with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.