Tracking MN72

On August 19, 2017, a hatch-year male Bald Eagle was released at Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County, Virginia. The eagle was rescued in Alexandria 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 #17-1181 – the 1,181st patient admitted to the Center in 2017. Now, the eagle will be known as MN72. “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.

April 10: As expected, MN72 spent a majority of the past week and a half flying throughout the Hog Island, Maryland area; however, on April 7 he made an abrupt turn and traveled around 12 miles north in an uncharacteristically direct line of flight. MN72’s most-recent location seems to be in a forested area along the eastern bank of the Potomac River.  

March 22: No surprises from MN72 during the past 10 days; he flew up and down a 12-mile-long stretch of the Potomac River, regularly visiting the many small inlets and tidal creeks near Indian Head, MD.  

March 12: From the Pisgah, MD area, MN72 can be seen flying out and back from a central point. Despite the high-level of movement, MN72 has remained in a relatively small area – about five miles in diameter.


MN72 Archives 2017

MN72 Archives 2018

MN72 Archives 2019

Frequently Asked Questions about Eagle Transmitters