On July 4, 2018, a fifth-year Bald Eagle was released at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Richmond County, Virginia. The eagle was rescued at the refuge in May 2018. 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 #18-0752 – the 752nd patient admitted to the Center in 2018. Now, the eagle will be known as RR53. “RR” represents Rappahannock River, where the eagle was rescued and 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 29: RR53 has checked in again! It looks like this bird has been staying in Westmoreland since its last check-in.
April 22: RR53 has been flying along the Rappahannock River in April throughout King George County. The battery seems to be charged, but transmitter isn't sending check-ins as often as would be expected.
April 1: Over the past few weeks, RR53's transmitter battery has been gaining a charge and has transmitted the bird's location along the Rappahannock River where it has been previously known to frequent. This bird's most recent check-in shows a circling of various counties, including Westmoreland and King George.
March 12: RR53 has checked in, again! This bird's transmitter only sent one data point again, but we can see that it's moved to a new area on the shore! The bird's battery is still low, but it's possible that this new area the bird has moved to doesn't allow for regular cellular transmission.
February 18: RR53 checked in! This bird's transmitter has only sent one data point, but we can see that the eagle is in the same area that it has previously frequented. The bird's battery is reporting as low.