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?
February 23: Bald Eagle NX checked in again -- right along the same stretch of the Rappahannock River.
February 20: Two check-ins in one week! During the past five days, NX has been flying around a one-mile stretch of the Rappahannock River. Today, she's on the opposite side of the river from her Sunday location; she's now back in Richmond County.
February 15: NX checked in again! During the past two weeks, NX flew back to the Essex/Richmond County border and is only about four miles northwest of her May 2012 release location. She checked-in from a spot at Beverly Marsh, along the Rappahannock River.
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.