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.

May 22: We're missing a brief span of data from W20's tracking last week on the afternoon of May 15, but we can see that she returned to Virginia and visited one of her favorite spots -- the Widewater area -- for the past week. This morning, she flew north in Virginia, past Quantico, and checked in from the tip of Leesylvania State Park. Is she headed back to Maryland? Tune in next week to find out!

May 15:  W20 remained in Maryland this past week; she spent most of her time around the Mattawoman Creek area before she started to move south down the Maryland peninsula, about 14 miles, on May 14. 

May 8: On May 3, Bald Eagle W20 left the Widewater area, crossed the Potomac, and landed back in Maryland. The eagle is back at the Indian Neck/Mattawoman Creek area. 

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