Tracking W20

On August 26, 2015, a mature female Bald Eagle was released at Widewater State Park in Stafford, Virginia. The eagle was rescued in the same area in May 2015; the bird spent more than three months recovering at the Wildlife Center. 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 #15-0642 – the 642nd patient admitted to the Center in 2015. Now, the eagle will be known as W20. “W” represents Widewater, 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: W20 had several days of silence this week; it appears as though the battery on her GPS unit has been fairly low. It's likely it hasn't had much of a chance to charge since the weather has been gray and rainy in Virginia lately. Today, however, the eagle checked in from King George County, along the Potomac River. It looks as though the eagle flew to Maryland on September 7, flew along the banks of the river, then stayed on the Maryland peninsula that night. The following morning, she flew along the coast in Maryland then crossed into Virginia again.

September 5: In the past week,  W20 stayed in Stafford County; first she spent a few days around Widewater and Aquia Creek, then the eagle flew south a few miles to the Potomac Creek.

August 27: Yesterday marked the three-year anniversary of W20's release! Where did she spend her freedom anniversary? Appropriately enough, W20 was at Widewater, where she was initially rescued and later released. Last week, she left King George County on August 23 and made a 13-might flight west along the Potomac River.  

Where was She? 2018 Tracking Archives for W20

2017 Tracking Archives for W20

2016 Tracking Archives for W20.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Transmitter