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.
March 22: Bald Eagle W20 is back in Maryland ... for now! The eagle made another trip back to her favorite spot on the Mattawoman Creek, before flying south again along the peninsula. At her latest check-in, she was just south of Wades Bay on the Potomac River.
March 13: During the past two weeks, W20 made a 50-mile round-trip to Maryland and back, during which the eagle visited some of her favorite spots. As of March 13, the eagle was right around the Widewater Beach area, where she was released in August 2015.
February 28: W20 is back in Virginia! On February 26, the Bald Eagle flew south across the Potomac River, and back to Stafford County.