Tracking RR53

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.


February 18, 2020:  RR53 checked in!  This bird's transmitter has only sent one data point, but we can see that they are in the same area that they've previously frequented.  The bird's battery is reporting as low, so this may be it's last check-in.

December 11:  RR53’s GPS tracker hasn’t transmitted any new data since the November 11th update. It’s uncertain whether something may have happened to the eagle, the transmitter is malfunctioning, or if they've moved permanently out of satellite reception range.  At last check-in, the bird appeared to be behaving normally.

November 11: Bald Eagle RR53 hasn't checked in for a while, but hasn't traveled far from its last seen location in October along the Rappahannock River, ending up in King and Queen County.

October 9:  Bald Eagle RR53 continues to travel around between the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers.

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