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.

June 18: MN18 continued on her northern travel route this past weekend. On June 16, she flew about 89 miles north in Pennsylvania, stopping for the night just south of Towanda in Bradford County. The next day, she flew another 89 miles north into New York, before stopping near Auburn in Cayuga County. Today, before her afternoon check-in, the young eagle flew about 13 more miles. She's currently on the South Bay of Cross Lake; the Seneca River flows west to east through the south end of the lake.

June 14: After months of hanging out on the Potomac River in Virginia and Maryland, MN18 suddenly left the area! On June 12, the young bird flew about 150 miles north to Pennsylvania. The eagle stopped just south of Carlisle, within a mile of the Appalachian Trail. The following day, the eagle continued north for about 34 more miles. At today's check-in, the bird was on a small island in the middle of the Susquehanna River.

June 11: MN18 spent the past 12 days hanging around her favorite spots in Virginia and Maryland. After a few trips across the Potomac River, MN18 continued flying north over the Maryland peninsula, making most of her 15-mile trip on June 1. As of today's check-in, she was back on the Virginia side of the river. 

May 29:  Another week on the Potomac! MN18 checked in today from Maryland. 

Where was She? 2018 Tracking Archives for MN18

Where was She? 2017 Tracking Archives for MN18

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