On August 20, 2014, two young Bald Eagles were released at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia. Both birds were rescued as eaglets in Chincoteague in May 2014 after their nest was destroyed in a storm. Prior to release, the eagles were fitted with GPS transmitters. Read more about the eaglets' history and rehabilitation here.
At the Wildlife Center, the eaglets were known as patients #14-0649 and #14-0650. Now, the young eagles will be known as C35 and C46. "C" represents Chincoteague, where the birds were hatched and later released. The numbers are the last two digits on the transmitter that each eaglet is wearing. Each transmitter has a five-digit number written on the side of it in permanent black marker so that the eaglets could possibly be identified at a distance. Eagle #14-0649 is C35; Eagle #14-0650 is C46.
Where are they now?
October 2020 note: With more than 160 days of silence, it's likely that C46's transmitter is finally drained and unable to transmit anymore. After nearly six years of check-ins, we hope this eagle continues to do well out in the wild!
April 10: We received a little bit of data on Bald Eagle C46 this month! While the mature eagle continues to spend time in Delaware and Maryland, the bird flew back to the Eastern Shore of Virginia on April 9.
March 18: Once again, C46 checked in! Much like the last couple of sporadic check-ins, we're missing a number of data points, likely due to the age of her transmitter. But with the information that we're given, we can see that she continues to explore Delaware, Maryland, and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. At her latest check-in, she was right near her birthplace (and release site) of Chincoteague. It's amazing to think that she is now six years old this spring!
January 27: Amazingly enough, C46 checked in again! While we’re still missing a fair number of data points from her travels in the past two months, we can see that on January 9, the six-year-old bird left Delaware and flew south to Maryland. The bird spent several days on the Eastern Shore of Virginia before flying over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to Virginia Beach.