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Eagles in Wabasha
Situated on the Mississippi, Wabasha (population 2,800) is famous for its wintering eagle population (and as the setting for the 1993 movie Grumpy Old Men). At the National Eagle Center, (877) 332-4537; nationaleaglecenter.org, you can learn about resident eagles and see live eagles up close. Hour-long educational feeding programs are held several times a day.
If you want to spot eagles in the wild, winter's the best time to visit. Eagles migrate from more northern homes as their feeding sites freeze. The big attraction in Wabasha: A stretch of the Mississippi River near Lake Pepin that usually stays ice-free -- and has plenty of gizzard shad, one of eagles' favorite foods.