We are excited to announce that plans are underway for the new Eagle Exhibit at the Menominee Park Zoo. We envision this exhibit housing two non-releasable Bald Eagles that would be present on zoo grounds year-round. The exhibit will be nestled between the wolf and elk exhibits on the eastern side of the zoo. The buzz is on and an Eagle Scout has already installed a wing size display near the site of the new exhibit.
On July 19th 2017, the OZS and Winnebago Audubon hosted “Birds and Brews at the Zoo: Eagle Extravaganza.” The event raised funds for this wonderful new addition to the Menominee Park Zoo and included a live raptor demonstrations by Schlitz Audubon Center and Ann Rosenberg, an educational talk by WDNR biologist, Steve Easterly, and children’s activities. If you missed the event and you still want the Eagle Exhibit to become a reality, we continue to accept donations for this exhibit through this website.
Bald Eagles are a magnificent bird with a wingspan between 5.9 and 7.5 feet. Bald eagles are not actually bald; the name derives from an older meaning of the word, “white headed”. The adult is mainly brown with a white head and tail. The sexes are identical in plumage, but females are about 25 percent larger than males, a trend among raptorial birds. The beak is large and hooked. The plumage of the immature is brown.
Bald Eagles were listed as an endangered species in 1978. The protections they received, including the ban of DDT, a harmful pesticide, contributed to their recovery and as a result their populations rebounded. The species was delisted in 2007. Presently these majestic birds can be observed throughout the Winnebago Lakes System which provides this species excellent breeding habitat.
Unfortunately, Bald Eagles still die as a consequence of human activity, such as lead poisoning, and collisions with both vehicles and buildings. If an eagle survives after going to a rehabilitation center, it may not be releasable after sustaining these injuries. Lead poisoning can cause irreversible nervous system damage and broken bones from collisions may not heal properly resulting in birds that cannot fly or hunt for themselves. The zoo will be housing at least two of these survivors when the exhibit is complete.
Did You Know?
The nests of bald eagles can reach up to 9 feet in diameter and weigh up to 2 tons.