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?
May 20: Bald Eagle NX has been sticking close to Quantico for the past two weeks -- but about a week ago, she flew to the Maryland side of the Potomac River! NX is along the coast, and is currently directly across the river from Quantico [about 2.4 miles].
May 16 was NX's three-year release anniversary. It's hard to believe that it's already been three years since NX was released at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
May 6: During the past week, Bald Eagle NX continued on her journey north; she's now about three miles south of Quantico, along the Potomac River. The Quantico area is a familiar hang-out for NX, and is a popular spot for Bald Eagles.
April 29: Bald Eagle NX remains on the move -- during the past two days, she's flown about 25 miles northwest, into King George County. She's within three miles of Caledon State Park.
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.