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?
November 26: Another check-in from NX!
November 24: Over the past 10 days, NX has been flying around King George County, continuing to remain around the Upper Machodoc Creek. While it's been a couple of months since NX was at Quantico [June-September], a recent article about this excellent eagle habitat was recently published on the Marine Corps website.
November 14: Where has NX been? Over the past week, it looks like NX's transmitter lost some data points -- likely it was not charged and recording her movements. But, she checked in today -- and is still in the same general area, flying around the Upper Machodoc Creek. Today she is hanging out near a small pond just south of the creek.
November 7: Bald Eagle NX remains along the Upper Machodoc Creek, just a couple of miles north of her check-in spot two days ago.
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.