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.
August 5: Bald Eagle KG09 appears to have been exploring some new areas during the past week. He flew about four and a half miles south from the Owl Trap landfill, following the contours of a paved highway visible in the satellite imagery, before turning around and heading back.
July 23: Unlike Bald Eagle MN72 -- who recently flew from Maryland to Canada -- KG09 appears to be perfectly content staying near the Owl Trap landfill during the hottest months of summer. His tracking data shows that he's quite active each day, but he's remained within an area of about four or five square miles during the month of July.
June 22: It's been another month of reliable data transmission from KG09. As expected, he can be seen crisscrossing the Owl Trap landfill on a daily basis, and appears to spend significant time throughout the forested areas directly adjacent to the property.