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 3: We finally received data from MN18's GPS unit! It looks as though she's been back in the state for awhile; on October 21, she flew from southern Pennsylvania through Maryland and past Washington, D.C to the Northern Neck of Virginia. For the past six weeks, the young eagle has been exploring King George and Caroline  Counties. Interestingly enough, MN72, another Bald Eagle that was raised and released with MN18, had a similar timeline of leaving Canada and returning south. 

November 22: The battery on MN18's GPS unit is still low; we've received several recent "check-ins", but unfortunately no new data since October 20 when the young bird was still in southern Pennsylvania. We'll keep checking and hopefully will catch up with this traveling Bald Eagle soon!

November 1: The battery of Bald Eagle MN18's GPS unit is still low, though has charged a little in the past week; the data from the unit recently was downloaded, though the most recent date recorded was October 19. Between October 15 and October 19, the immature eagle continued to fly south. On the 18th, the eagle flew about 121 miles from New York to Knob Mountain in Pennsylvania; the following day she flew 82 miles more to the York area. Hopefully her battery will obtain a charge soon so we can see what she's been up to during the past two weeks!

October 25 note: It appears as though the battery of MN18's GPS transmitter is quite low; the bird "checked in" on October 24, though no new data has been transmitted since October 17. Hopefully we'll hear more from this bird next week!

October 15: She's back in the USA! After hanging out on the northern side of Lake Ontario for a few days, MN18 started to fly east on October 14. She flew about 117 miles that day and crossed the border into New York and spent the night in Jefferson County near Watertown. The following day, the young eagle flew another 100 miles south and checked in south of Syracuse. 

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