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.

March 24: MN72 has covered quite a few miles since his previous update. From Nelson County, he flew about 100 miles back towards the Woodbridge area; soon after, he made the round trip once more. Most recently, he's been tracked in the Indian Head, Maryland area where he's known to spend time regularly. 

March 5: It’s been another period of interesting tracking data from MN72, and he can be seen flying throughout some areas previously unvisited. From central Virginia, he flew almost 90 miles northeast to the Woodbridge area along the Potomac River. The straight line that can be seen paralleling his path could possibly represent a gap in data transmission, but most recently, he appears to have been spending time at a solid waste disposal station in Nelson County.

February 21: MN72’s tracking unit has shown some interesting data during the past week! Early on, he circumnavigated the Indian Head, Maryland area as usual. Soon after, he began a one-way flight path to the west. Crossing the Potomac River and entering Virginia, he continued on for 15 miles and made a quick stop at Lunga Reservoir. Then, he flew about 30 miles south to his most recently known location near the center of Spotsylvania County.


MN72 Archives 2017

MN72 Archives 2018

MN72 Archives 2019

MN72 Archives 2020

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