Tracking Chincoteague Bald Eaglets

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 10: C46 is back in Virginia, near her hatch location! We're still missing a number of data points, likely due to the low battery and age of the eagle's GPS transmitter, but we can see that on September 29, the bird left the Delaware area and starting flying south along the coast. The eagle crossed into  Maryland, flew past Ocean City, and into Virginia along the Eastern Shore. On October 10, the bird checked in near Birdsnest, Virginia in Northampton County. 

September 9: Despite a very low battery on C46's GPS transmitter, we received another check-in in late September. It appears as though many data points are missing, which gives the map incomplete tracking lines, but it's good to know that the mature Bald Eagle continues to explore Delaware. 

August 1: C46 checked in again this month! We're missing quite a few data points, and we know that the battery on the eagle's GPS unit is quite low, but we're able to tell that the bird is still spending time in Maryland and Delaware. This month is the five-year release anniversary of this bird -- the eagle is fully mature and likely setting up its home territory. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Eaglets' Transmitters