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.
August 5: This past week's tracking data looks very similar to last week's! W20 is still in King George County, exploring Mathias Point.
July 29:W20 didn't travel far during the past week. She spent the past seven days exploring two miles of Potomac River coastline at Mathias Point in King George County.
July 21: Bald Eagle W20 made a couple of trips across the Potomac River this week. On July 17, she flew over the river to Virginia; the following day she was back in Maryland. On July 19 she flew back to Virginia, and, as of today's check-in time, was at Mathias Point in King George County.