On May 16, 2012, Bald Eagle NX was released at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Richmond County, Virginia. NX was equipped with a GPS transmitter before release. Read more about NX’s most recent [December 2011 - May 2012] case history.
NX’s December 2011 admission was not her first time at the Wildlife Center — NX was one of three eaglets hatched at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. After her mother was struck and killed by an airplane, NX and her siblings were admitted to the Wildlife Center in April 2011. After growing up at the Wildlife Center, NX was released on August 30, 2011 at Berkeley Plantation on the James River below Richmond. NX was equipped with a GPS transmitter before release. Read more about NX’s April – August 2011 case history.
Where is she now?
September 15: NX continues to fly on the banks of the Potomac River. At today's check-in, she was at Longwood Swamp and Pope's Creek.
September 5: NX checked in on the Virginia side of the Potomac River, about 11 miles north of her May 2012 release site.
September 2: During Labor Day, NX flew about eight miles northeast and is on the coast of the Monroe Bay.
August 31: During the past two days, NX stayed in the same general area -- exploring the area around the Westmoreland and Richmond County border.
August 29: Bald Eagle NX flew 14.8 miles south in the past two days. She's currently on the Rappahannock River, at the Westmoreland and Richmond County border. NX visited this area in early April 2014, and is currently about 5.2 miles away from her 2012 release site.
How is NX spending her time?
In general, a Bald Eagle’s daily activity depends on the age of the bird and the season. According to the Birds of North America online, some studies suggest that immature eagles only spend about two to five percent of each day [24 hour period] in flight. More than half of their time is spent roosting, and about a third of their time is spent perching.