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 15: MN72 hasn’t made any major moves quite yet – instead, he’s spent the past few weeks in a smaller area compared to his previous update. A close look at the satellite imagery shows that he frequently moves up and down the Chicamuxen Creek area, but hasn’t flown more than two or three miles at a time. On this date in 2021, MN72 was on his way to Canada. Be sure to check on his Eagle Tracking page during the coming week for more updates!
May 31: MN72’s GPS tracking unit continues to check in periodically, showing that he’s been spending time near the Potomac River and following his usual movements. He regularly travels from Indian Head, Maryland to the Spotsylvania Courthouse area in Virginia, typically crossing the Potomac at the same 11-mile stretch of shoreline. During the past four years, he’s left the mid-Atlantic behind during the month of June and has flown to Quebec, Canada for the summer season. There’s no guarantee that he’ll make the same journey this year, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on MN72 during the coming weeks for signs that he’s moving northward!
March 23: No surprises from MN72 during the past few weeks – departing from the Indian Head, Maryland area he flew about 40 miles southwest to the northern shoreline of Lake Anna, Virginia. A few days later, he returned to Indian Head by travelling a more westerly route.