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Bald eagle feathers from University of Minnesota on display at inauguration

Eleven white bald eagle tail feathers from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center will be used at Tuesday’s presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. They’ll adorn a treaty stick that the chairs of the 11 Minnesota tribes will carry with them during inauguration celebrations.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asked Juli Ponder, executive director of the Raptor Center, for help in acquiring the rare feathers. Raptor Center eagle handlers selected and sent tail feathers molted from ambassador eagles.

“While our contribution certainly won’t be the centerpiece of the day, we are still greatly privileged to be a part of this moment in American history,” said Ponder.

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