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.

September 18:  RR53 continues to explore the Potomac River; heading south to cross back into Westmoreland County, VA from the Maryland side of the water.

September 11:  RR53 has been flying between the Potomac River and the Rappahannock River for the past week.  Most notably, though, the eagle flew over George Washington's Birthplace National Monument!  George Washington, born on February 22, 1732, was a Founding Father who served as the first president from 1789-1797.  Washington was the eldest of six children, and lived on a 5,000 acre property with his mother, father, grandfather, and three step siblings at Pope's Creek, in Westmoreland County, VA.

September 5:  RR53 has been scoping out the landscape -- flying over the Potomac to check out the Maryland side.  On his journey to the "Old Line State", the Bald Eagle passed the Hampton Airport, the Deerfield Airport, and The St Clement's Island Museum.  St Clement's Island, now a State Park, was the location of the arrival of the first Maryland colonists in 1634.  The island features a large cross monument sitting across from a small lighthouse and bell tower.


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