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.

December 12: MN18 stayed in Caroline County for the remainder of last week, but started exploring more on December 10. That day, she kicked off a 30-mile trip as she flew to the Rappahannock River, then back inland before heading east into Essex County, where she once again flew to the banks of the Rappahannock River. The next morning, she crossed the Rappahannock River into Westmoreland County. As of today's check-in, she was on the banks of the Potomac River.

December 5: Following last week's check-in, MN18 flew south into Virginia on November 29 -- through Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William, and Stafford Counties. She then flew over the Potomac River back to Maryland. Two days later, MN18 came back to Virginia and flew through King George County. Currently, the eagle is in Caroline County, near the town of Naulakla. The eagle is about 20 miles northwest of her nest!

November 28: During the past two weeks, MN18 has flown south about 175 miles; she flew nearly 100 miles through Pennsylvania on Thanksgiving Day! Today, she's right at the Virginia border and appears to be exploring the Potomac River near Point of Rocks, Maryland. She's currently only about 50 miles from Mason Neck State Park, which is where she was released last summer; it's also very close to the location where fellow Bald Eagle MN72 has returned!

Where was She? 2018 Tracking Archives for MN18

Where was She? 2017 Tracking Archives for MN18

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