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.
October 12: Bald Eagle MN72 took us by surprise this week! He began flying south -- leaving the Saint-François River in Quebec – around October 6, covering about 300 miles so far. During the past three years, he’s left Canada and eventually returned to Virginia near the end of October. It’s unclear what factors could have led to his earlier departure this year, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on his tracking unit during the coming weeks. His most recent location appears to be in southern New York, just a short distance from the Pennsylvania border.
September 21: Bald Eagle MN72 looks to be exploring some new areas! After moving about five miles inland and returning to his usual perching area, he flew about nine miles north along the shoreline of the Saint-François River, stopping and spending time near a thicket of trees. He later flew about nine miles southeast, reaching his most recently-known location early this morning.
August 28: It’s been another week on the Saint-François River for Bald Eagle MN72. He looks to have made a short flight to the west across the water, but quickly returned back to his usual area.