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?
March 6: NX checked in today after an almost two-week break in communication; it looks like she's been on the move! NX is currently in Lancaster, Virginia, on the Little Branch of the Corrotoman River. This spot is about 28 miles southeast of where NX checked in on February 21.
February 21: During the course of last week, NX flew around the perimeter of Mulberry Island, before flying across the Rappahannock River. On February 21, she was on the west bank of the river.
February 17: It looks like NX has returned to her 2012 release area! On February 17, she was about two miles south of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, at the confluence of Waterview Creek and the Rappahannock River, on Mulberry Island.
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.