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.
April 26: Back to Virginia! During the past week, W20 slowly made her way south again, over the Potomac River, and to the Aquia Creek area.
April 19: W20 is back in Maryland! She left Widewater right after her last check-in, and flew over the Potomac River to Maryland. On April 14, she worked her way north back to one of her favorite hangout spots on the Mattawoman Creek.
April 12: W20 spent another week in the Widewater area, and didn't even stray off of the peninsula this past week!