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.

September 14: It’s been another week on the bank of the Saint-François River in southern Quebec, Canada for MN72. Despite being hundreds of miles from his original release site, MN72’s GPS transmitter is functioning quite well – on average, the unit is recording between 80 and 100 new location data points each day.

September 5: MN72 hasn’t roamed far during the past week, but seems to be exploring the area a little bit more compared to previous updates. Despite a high-level of activity, MN72 remained within an area roughly one mile in diameter.    

August 24: Once more, MN72 remained within one or two miles of his most-recently observed location on Saint-Pierre Lake during the past week. On August 19 – exactly one year after returning to the wild in 2017 – he was around 575 miles from his original release site in Virginia!


MN72 Archives 2017

MN72 Archives 2018

Frequently Asked Questions about Eagle Transmitters