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.

February 12: Clearly following the contours and curves of the Potomac River near Indian Head, MD, MN72 remained in a relatively smaller area during the past week. The eagle appears to currently be located on Mattawoman Creek, about five miles inland from the Potomac River.

February 4: MN72 can be seen traveling a bit further than usual during the past week and a half. From the Indian Head, MD area, he flew about 20 miles southwest before circling Stafford, VA and returning to Mattawoman Creek. Later in the week, he flew north along the Potomac River and appears to have stopped at Piscataway Park in MD, an area managed by the National Park Service.

January 24: After traveling about ten miles north along the Potomac River, MN72 headed west and explored the Mason Neck, Virginia area for a few days. Crossing the Potomac again, MN72 was last spotted about two miles north of Bryans Rd, Maryland.


MN72 Archives 2017

MN72 Archives 2018

MN72 Archives 2019

Frequently Asked Questions about Eagle Transmitters