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.

June 20: MN72 is on the move! Starting near Caledon State Park, VA, he began flying north during the past week. After traveling nearly 100 miles through Maryland -- the greatest distance covered in a single week since being released in 2017 -- his most-recent location is approximately 15 miles northeast of Baltimore. If he continues on his current trajectory, he may soon cross into Wilmington or Pennsylvania for the first time.

June 11: After leaving Mattawoman Creek, MN72 briefly crossed the Potomac River toward Woodbridge, VA, nearly entering Mason Neck State Park – the site of his release in August 2017. Turning south, he can be seen following the river’s eastern shoreline and eventually arriving in what appears to be Caledon State Park, VA. Coincidentally, MN72’s most recently-known location is approximately 10 miles east of another eagle the Center is currently tracking, Bald Eagle KG09.

May 16: Compared to previous updates, MN72 remained in a smaller area during the past week -- a little less than two miles in diameter. His most-recently known location is situated about 20 miles south of Washington D.C.


MN72 Archives 2017

MN72 Archives 2018

Frequently Asked Questions about Eagle Transmitters