GW91 Tracking Archives

September 2015

September 21: Testing, testing ... the transmitter is transmitting on release day! From this map, you can see the eagle's "travels" at the Wildlife Center during the past week. [plus one abnormal data point]

September 22: What's GW91 been doing for the past 24 hours? First she had to travel from the Wildlife Center to her release location in Westmoreland County (with Dr. Dave and office manager Elizabeth).

After release, GW91 hasn't gone too far -- she's just about a mile south of the release site, near Pope's Creek.

September 24: GW91 remains in Westmoreland County. It appears as though she's flown roughly a mile each day, away from the Potomac River.

September 28: GW91 continued her journey south during the weekend; she's now about seven miles south of her release location. Today, she checked in on the Peedee Creek, which feeds into the Rappahannock River.

October 2015

October 2: GW91 spent this week hanging around the Peedee Creek in Westmoreland County.

October 6: During the past four days, GW91 flew about 25 miles south, through Essex County and into King and Queen County. At this morning's check-in, the young eagle was near Fleets Millpond, which is about four miles east of Aylett, Virginia.


October 12: In the past six days, Bald Eagle GW91 has continued to explore King and Queen County. The bird flew approximately 12 miles south of its last check-in point and is now in near a small lake about two miles northwest of Lanesville, Virginia.

October 21: Today marks the one-month anniversary of Bald Eagle GW91’s release! Since its release on September 21, the Bald Eagle has flow approximately 42 miles south and is currently exploring a large pond near Cohoke, Virginia.

October 26: Bald Eagle GW91 hasn’t traveled far from her last check-in and continues to explore the area around Harrell Pond.


November 2015

November 5: Bald Eagle GW91 checked in on November 5 and is still near Harrell Pond in Sussex County, VA.

November 18 update: During the week of November 9, the Wildlife Center staff noted that GW91 was checking in regularly from one very localized spot in Sussex County, Virginia. The bird had been exploring this area in late October, but the bird’s movement appeared to be more confined in November. The Center reached out to a permitted rehabilitator in the area to see if she would be able to visit the last location of the bird to check for signs of trouble. Sadly, the rehabilitator found the bird dead.

The eagle was returned to the Wildlife Center for an examination on November 14. The eagle was heavily scavenged and the vets estimate that the bird had been dead for several days before it was picked up on November 13. Unfortunately, not enough tissue remained to test for toxins. The veterinary staff found no fractures on the bird, but otherwise it is not possible to determine the cause of death.