Tracking KG09

On November 4, 2015, an immature [2.5 year old] male Bald Eagle was released at Caledon State Park, Virginia. The eagle was rescued from King George County in August 2015; the bird suffered from lead poisoning. 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 #15-1922 – the 1,922nd patient admitted to the Center in 2015. Now, the eagle will be known as KG09. “KG” represents King George, 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. 

May 13: Similarly to his previous update, KG09 hasn’t flown far from the Owl Trap landfill recently. While he can be seen crisscrossing the area several times per day, he appears to stray no farther than two miles in any direction from the landfill before heading back.

May 2: KG09 hasn’t roamed far during the past week; he spent most of the past eight days at the Owl Trap landfill, remaining in an area less than two miles in diameter.

April 23: KG09’s tracking device has transmitting some interesting data during the past week. As expected, he spent a majority of his time in Gloucester County near Owl Trap; suddenly, on April 17 the tracking device placed him nearly 100 miles directly north in an area 11 miles east of Washington D.C. The very next transmission received placed him back in Gloucester County. It’s likely that this data isn’t entirely accurate, especially considering that this apparent flight path would have been a virtually straight line, unlike the meandering direction of travel usually seen from KG09. We’ll keep a close eye on KG09 during the coming weeks!


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KG09 Archives 2018

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Transmitter