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 12: Bald Eagle MN72 has shown quite a bit of movement throughout the past few weeks. Starting near Mallows Bay, Maryland, he flew along the eastern shoreline of the Potomac River until reaching the town of Indian Head. After crossing the Potomac River, he spent a few days within Mason Neck State Park, Virginia – the site of his release in May of 2017 – before heading south. In total, MN72 flew a total of roughly 70 miles!

March 1: MN72 has crossed the Potomac River a total of 3 times during the past few weeks, and can be seen stopping in at a variety of both urban and undeveloped areas. His most-recently known location is just north of Mallows Bay, Maryland. 

February 16: MN72 is back on the Virginia side of the Potomac this week, and continues to spend most of his time near small inlets and wetland creeks. His most-recently known location appears to be within the borders of Widewater State Park.


MN72 Archives 2017

MN72 Archives 2018

Frequently Asked Questions about Eagle Transmitters