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.

July 17: W20 flew over the Potomac River to Maryland on July 11; the eagle has remained in Maryland since then and appears to be slowly working her way north. 

July 10: On the evening of Independence Day, W20 flew about three miles north from Widewater Beach and spent the night on the banks of the Potomac River. The next day, she flew across the river to Maryland, and spent a few days before returning to Virginia on July 7. W20 spent the night at Potomac Creek before moving east along the river to the Fairview Beach area. 

July 3: On July 1, Bald Eagle W20 started flying south down the Maryland peninsula, crossed the Potomac River, and flew back to her other familiar hangout at Widewater. 

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