Since being placed on the endangered species list in the early 1970s, the bald eagle population grew under protection. Today they are off the list, and the CPN Eagle Aviary works every day to make sure the important symbol for Potawatomi thrives for future generations.
While many continents have golden eagles, the bald eagle is native to North America, with sightings in every state except Hawaii. Although these birds of prey share similar characteristics, other attributes set them apart.
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.
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.
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.
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.