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 17: Bald Eagle NX is now about 22 miles southwest of her May 2012 release location, on the border of Richmond and Lancaster Counties. She's currently on Lancaster Creek, and about 2.2 miles from Nuttsville.
Veterinary director Dr. Dave McRuer and outreach coordinator Raina once took a trip to Nuttsville:
April 12: During the last six days, NX flew approximately 13 miles southeast. Her latest check in point shows she is now exploring the area near Tidewater Dairy Farm.
April 6: NX's last report reveals that she is now within a mile of her 2012 release site at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge!
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.