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.
April 14: Bald Eagle RR53 spent another week exploring its "usual" territory in the Northern Neck, covering five different counties in the past two weeks. At today's check-in, the eagle was on the banks of the Rappahannock River.
April 1: Bald Eagle RR53 left the Potomac Creek area on March 30 and flew south through Caroline County before heading east to the banks of the Rappahannock River.
March 24: RR53 continues to explore the Northern Neck, spending most of this past week in Westmoreland County, before traveling to the King George County landfill on March 21. After a day there, the eagle continued north to the Potomac Creek and the Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve.