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.

June 20: On June 15, W20 flew back over the Potomac to Virginia and hung out at Widewater State Park for a few days. On June 18, the bird flew roughly 12 miles north to Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County. 

June 14: Bald Eagle W20 is now back in Maryland! On June 10, the eagle flew over the Potomac River to Douglas Point; after a day, the bird flew south over Wades Bay to Smith Point.


June 7: Within the past week, W20 continued to cruise around the Widewater area, flying along the banks of the Potomac and Aquia Creek.

Where was she? 2017 Tracking Archives for W20

2016 Tracking Archives for W20.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Transmitter