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?
January 26: Just when you thought her batteries had died ... NX is back on the map! After 60 days of no check-ins from NX, we started to assume that her batteries had finally given out. We originally expected the transmitter batteries to last until the summer/fall of 2013 -- but they've lasted much longer. NX checked in again during the first week of February, although her last data point is from January 26. It's likely that we are missing some data given the age of the transmitter and battery. On her January 26 check-in, she was in Essex County on the Rappahannock River. This spot is about four miles from the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, where she was released in May 2012.
November 25: NX checked in for Thanksgiving! Her latest data drop is missing a number of checkpoints, likely due to the age of her battery, but we can see where she was as of 11:00 a.m. this morning. Since last week's check-in, she's traveled northwest to King George County.
November 18: Bald Eagle NX spent the rest of October and the early part of November exploring King George County before flying south to Mulberry Island on November 14. Mulberry Island is within a few miles of NX's 2012 release location at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. After a few days, NX flew north again back to Westmoreland County. NX is currently near Pope's Creek, near the George Washington Birthplace National Monument.