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?
August 6 and 11: NX is still in the same area -- just south of Quantico. NX continues to fly on the west side of the Potomac River.
July 28: Bald Eagle NX continues to stay just south of Quantico. This is a well-known spot for East Coast Bald Eagles -- she must be in good company!
July 16: NX checked in again on July 16 -- still just south of Quantico. July 16 marks the two-year, two-month anniversary since NX's release in May 2012. It's been nearly three years since NX was fitted with her transmitter!
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.