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 17: On September 15, Bald Eagle W20 left the Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve and flew east toward Fairview Beach before flying over the Potomac River into Maryland. The eagle has worked her way north during the past couple of days and checked in while in flight today. 

September 9: Bald Eagle W20 spent another week at Mathias Point, though on September 6, flew west about 14 miles back to the Potomac Creek. The eagle has been exploring the Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve during the past few days. 

August 27:  Bald Eagle W20 spent another week at Mathias Point in King George County -- where she's spent the month of August. This week marks the eagle's four-year release anniversary - it's amazing to know that this bird has thrived in the wild since her injury back in 2015!

Where was she? 2019 Tracking Archives for W20

2018 Tracking Archives for W20

2017 Tracking Archives for W20

2016 Tracking Archives for W20

Frequently Asked Questions about the Transmitter