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?
April 14: NX continues to hang around Rosier Creek.
April 12: Bald Eagle NX has returned to a familiar spot -- Rosier Creek! NX spent a lot of time at this point in September 2013; Rosier Creek is about 3.4 miles west of Colonial Beach.
April 7: Since her last check-in, NX flew across the Rappahannock River into Essex County.
April 5: Bald Eagle NX moved a few miles north over the past two days. She's currently on the Peedee Creek in Westmoreland County.
Some NX fans have been asking about a map of all of NX's adventures. Here is a map that reflects NX's travels from her August 2011 release to current day. [Note: the vertical purple line on the left is not part of her travels]
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.