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.

October 17: Bald Eagle W20 spent another week flying around the Widewater area. 

October 11: W20 flew about six miles north during the past week, to a familiar hangout -- Widewater State Park! This is the area where W20 was both rescued and released in 2015. 

October 5: Bald Eagle W20 has been on the move this past week! On October 2, the eagle flew over the Potomac River to Maryland, across the peninsula, and back over the Potomac to Virginia -- a trip of about 23 miles. The following day, she flew about 37 miles to Fredericksburg Virginia, then pressed on the following day another nine miles to Potomac Creek. 

Where was she? 2017 Tracking Archives for W20

2016 Tracking Archives for W20.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Transmitter