Bald Eagle #15-1348 [GW91] was a hatch-year bird admitted to the Wildlife Center in June 2015 after she was found down from her nest in Westmoreland County. After nearly three months of rehabilitation, the young eagle was released in September near the George Washington Birthplace National Monument.
Center staff only tracked this eagle for two months before the young eagle was confirmed dead.
After the eagle's release, the bird flew south to Harrell Pond in King William County, where she remained for about a month and a half. Throughout the month of October, she was exploring both Sussex and King and Queen Counties. In early November, the staff noted that the bird's movements became increasingly localized. 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 recovered; unfortunately, not enough tissue remained to test for toxins. The veterinary staff found no fractures on the bird, but otherwise, it was not possible to determine the cause of death.