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.
January 6: It doesn't appear that KG09 has made any New Year's resolutions to travel more -- he's spent the past few weeks near the Owl Trap landfill, very rarely flying more than one or two miles before returning to the epicenter of the area. His tracking unit does seem to be in good condition, however; on average, a GPS signal is received 20 or 30 times per day.
December 9: KG09 hasn't shown us any surprises during the past few weeks; he's spending nearly all of his time around the Owl Trap landfill. Based on his transmitter data and frequency of connections, we know that the equipment is in good condition.
October 29: The onset of cooler weather and falling leaving doesn't seem to have had much effect Bald Eagle KG09 during the past few weeks. He's still frequenting the Owl Trap landfill, covering small total distances each day, but moving very frequently.