Tracking MN18

On August 19, 2017, a hatch-year female Bald Eagle was released at Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County, Virginia. The eagle was rescued in Essex County in May 2017. 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 #17-0836 – the 836th patient admitted to the Center in 2017. Now, the eagle will be known as MN18. “MN” represents Mason Neck, 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 15: After a month of silence from MN18, she checked in! It's very likely that cell service is spotty in northern Quebec where MN18 is spending her summer, so it's not all that surprising that check-ins are sporadic. From the tracking data, it looks like the young eagle left her spot at Lac Gueguen on July 22 and flew about 100 miles east in a single day! She spent the next week near the community of Oskélanéo before leaving the area to explore more of Quebec. At today's check-in, the eagle is on Lac Barrière, which is in La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve, which is one of the largest reserves in Canada. 

July 16: MN18 has been continuing to explore Quebec, and moved a little southeast this past week. Today, the eagle checked in from Lac Gueguen near Kodjidîk, Quebec. While high heat advisories are being issued here in Virginia this week, temperatures in this part of Canada are in the 70's during the day, and upper 40's at night!

July 9: During the past five days, MN18 moved about 75 miles northwest in Quebec; as of today, the eagle is hanging out at Lac Obalski, which is near the town of Amos.

Where was She? 2019 Tracking Archives for MN18


2018 Tracking Archives for MN18

2017 Tracking Archives for MN18

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