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.

July 25: It’s been another week on the bank of the Saint-François River in southern Quebec, Canada for MN72. He can be seen crisscrossing the narrow river dozens of times, and flew about two miles farther upriver compared to his previous update. A small cluster of buildings can be seen near this point on the satellite imagery; an internet search revealed these to be a part of Marina Mr. B, a facility equipped with boat ramps, docks, a restaurant, and camp sites. It’s possible people have seen MN72 flying nearby!

July 11: Following his arrival to Saint Pierre Lake, Quebec, MN72 has spent the past week near the shallow cove he frequented in 2018. His GPS transmitter seems to be functioning well, and is communicating with servers several times each day.

July 3: On June 27 at around 4:00 p.m., Bald Eagle MN72 officially crossed the border into Quebec, Canada! During the past few weeks this eagle has traveled more than 500 miles northward, and – incredibly – has settled on precisely the same shoreline of the Saint-François River where he spent time in 2018, as seen in this satellite image from MN72’s August 2018 update.    



MN72 Archives 2017

MN72 Archives 2018

MN72 Archives 2019

Frequently Asked Questions about Eagle Transmitters