Tracking Chincoteague Bald Eaglets

n August 20, 2014, two young Bald Eagles were released at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia. Both birds were rescued as eaglets in Chincoteague in May 2014 after their nest was destroyed in a storm. Prior to release, the eagles were fitted with GPS transmitters. Read more about the eaglets' history and rehabilitation here.

At the Wildlife Center, the eaglets were known as patients #14-0649 and #14-0650. Now, the young eagles will be known as C35 and C46. "C" represents Chincoteague, where the birds were hatched and later released. The numbers are the last two digits on the transmitter that each eaglet is wearing. Each transmitter has a five-digit number written on the side of it in permanent black marker so that the eaglets could possibly be identified at a distance. Eagle #14-0649 is C35; Eagle #14-0650 is C46.

Where are they now?

May 26: During the past six weeks, Bald Eagle C46 has checked in from southern Delaware, eastern Maryland, and along the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The eagle spent time around some smaller islands and inlets along the coast of the Chesapeake Bay on the Eastern Shore, but most recently the bird headed inland to Pocomoke City, Maryland, near farmland.

This August will be three years since the bird's release; Bald Eagle C46 is the eagle the Wildlife Center has been tracking the longest since Bald Eagle NX stopped checking in last fall.

April 12: C46 has moved north and checked in on April 12 near Hardscrabble, DE.

April 6: Bald Eagle C46 has been exploring Worcester County, Maryland, checking in south of Stockton, MD on April 6.


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Frequently Asked Questions about the Eaglets' Transmitters