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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

Golden Eagle

Phoenix Golden Eagle (3) copy

Aquila chrysaetos

  • Classification: Bird
  • Wingspan: 6-8ft
  • Weight: 9-14lbs
  • Habitat: Open and semi-open areas, particularly around mountains, hills, cliffs; adaptable to a wide variety of terrain
    • Diet in the Wild: Opportunists; nearly 200 species comprise golden eagle prey. Mammals of varying size, primarily rabbits, hares, ground squirrels, prairie dogs; carrion; large birds
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, poultry, venison, donated meats

Description: Dark brown with golden sheen on back of head and neck, legs feathered all the way to toes. Juvenile – Defined white patches at base of tail and in wings

Behavior: 

  • Either solitary or with mate
  • Mate for life
  • Soar/glide on thermals more often than flapping wings
  • Hunt by soaring, flying low or from perch; catch prey on/near ground
  • Can reach almost 200 mph in stoop
  • Can generate >750 psi with feet

Nesting: Nests built 1-3 months before egg-laying out of mainly sticks and vegetation, 5-6ft wide and 2ft high

  • Clutch size – 1-3 eggs
  • Number of broods – 1
  • Egg size – 2.7 – 3.4in long, 1.9 – 2.5in wide
  • Incubation period – 41-45 days
  • Egg description – White, cream, pale pink; usually with small brown blotches

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11845 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
P.O. Box 36, Merlin OR 97532

Please make a reservation for your tour as you must be accompanied by a tour guide to visit!

  • Hours: 9AM - 5PM
  • Guided Tours: Every hour on the hour
  • Adults $14 | Seniors $12
  • Children (ages 4-13) $7
  • Children ages 3 and under by donation

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

We Need Your Help

With over 80 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.