Tracking W20

On August 26, 2015, a mature female Bald Eagle was released at Widewater State Park in Stafford, Virginia. The eagle was rescued in the same area in May 2015; the bird spent more than three months recovering at the Wildlife Center. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.

At the Center, the eagle was known as #15-0642 – the 642nd patient admitted to the Center in 2015. Now, the eagle will be known as W20. “W” represents Widewater, where the eagle was released. The numbers are the last two digits on the transmitter that the eagle is wearing. Each transmitter has a five-digit number written on the side of it in permanent black marker so that the eagle could possibly be identified at a distance.

August 11:  W20 hasn't checked in during the past 11 days; the battery level on her GPS transmitter is quite low, and while it's charging a small amount, it's likely that the battery level is not high enough to transmit the data that's been collected. This month marks the two-year anniversary since her release; her transmitter may naturally be aging and may only give sporadic data at this point. On July 31, W20 was in Virginia in King George County.

July 27: W20 spent about another week around Leesylvania State Park before she decided to leave the area on July 25. That day, she flew across the Potomac River into Maryland, then back across the Potomac to King George County, Virginia. She did the 18-mile trip in a day and has been exploring the banks of the river in Virginia for the past couple of days.

July 18: Bald Eagle W20 spent another week in Prince William County, just east of Southbridge. The eagle visited Leesylvania State Park again before flying south again over Powells Creek. 

Where was she? 2017 Tracking Archives for W20

2016 Tracking Archives for W20.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Transmitter