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.

February 19: W20 spent the past week visiting her favorite spots in both Virginia and Maryland. On February 12, she left Maryland and flew across the Potomac River, arriving in Virginia at Quantico. She slowly worked her way south during the next few days, visiting Widewater and the King George County landfill. On February 17, she flew back across the Potomac to Maryland. 

February 10: Bald Eagle W20's check-ins have been a little more sporadic lately; the battery of her GPS unit is fairly low, and at this point, is nearly five years old! On February 2, W20 flew from Maryland to Virginia to Maryland again; several days later she was in Virginia (though those data points are missing). On February 7, she flew to Bullitt Neck on the Mattawoman Creek, where she continues to explore. 

January 27: W20 spent the past week in Maryland; after last week’s check-in, she flew west again through Nanjemoy. She’s spent the past several days at Wades Creek, which is right across the Potomac River from Widewater Beach.

Where was she? 2020 Tracking Archives for W20

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