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.

March 20: On March 14, Bald Eagle W20 left the Mattawoman Creek and flew south down the Maryland peninsula. The following day, she crossed the Potomac River back to Virginia, and flew around King George and Stafford Counties before settling in around Widewater for her latest check-in. 


March 11: On March 2, W20 left Bullitt Neck, Maryland, and flew south down the Maryland peninsula. The next day, she flew over the Potomac River and then spent several days hanging out on Potomac Creek. On March 6, she crossed paths with MN18, another eagle that we've been tracking since 2017! On March 7, she crossed the Potomac River again back to Maryland and followed her same path back to the Mattawoman Creek. 

February 27: After hanging out near Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve for a few more days, W20 left the area on February 24 and flew 15 miles over the Potomac River to the Mattawoman Creek in Maryland. The eagle is currently hanging out near Bullitt Neck, an area that she's frequented around this time in previous years. She spent time in this area in February and March of 2016, February 2017, and in April 2018. 

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