Tracking Bald Eagle BP39: 2016

Bald Eagle BP39 PortraitBald Eagle #15-2090 [BP39] was an immature female Bald Eagle admitted to the Center in September 2015 after she was found in Keswick, Virginia. The bird had a deep laceration on one of her legs, and after surgery and three months of rehabilitation, the bird was released at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia.

After her December 2015 release, Center staff were able to track the young eagle for one year until the transmitter failed. In her one year of tracking, BP39 had notable travels — she flew to Canada and back!


BP39 spent her first winter exploring the James River and the Middle Peninsula of Virginia. In early April, the eagle flew to Maryland, and, in May, worked her way through Delaware and New Jersey. After a short gap in data transmissions, the eagle checked in from Canada in early June! Data from the transmitter indicates that the bird steadily flew through New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine before the GPS transmitter finally sent data from New Brunswick.

BP39 spent a little more than a month in New Brunswick, visiting Oram Lake and the Bay of Fundy. In mid-July, the eagle flew back to the United States, checking in from Maine. In August, the bird moved south, following nearly the same path she took to Canada. After spending time at the Chesapeake Bay in October, the eagle flew back to the central part of Virginia, along the James River. In December 2016 -- one year after her release -- BP39 checked in from Buckingham and Albemarle Counties, only about 20 miles from her September 2015 rescue site.

Unfortunately, the eagle's check-ins stopped right around her one-year release anniversary. The staff did not suspect any injuries or illness based on the eagle's movements; it may be that there was an issue with the transmitter.

Bald Eagle BP39 Route in 2016