In May 2016 biologists with the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB), lead by Dr. Bryan Watts, fitted new technology GSM/GPS cell phone transmitters on 12 nestling bald eagles in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA. The sites were selected with the assistance of dedicated CCB eagle watchers and the permission and cooperation of eagle nest property owners. The project was funded by the Department of Defense.
All the nestlings have fledged and 11 of these fledglings have successfully disbursed from their natal area. The USGS Bird Banding Lab has reported to CCB that one of the eagles has been found dead (RW), but CCB does not yet have any of the details as to when, where, by whom, etc.
Here are maps of the location as of August 25 or 26, 2016 of the 11 fledglings that have successfully fledged:
Nest NO1502 – Norfolk – Purple banded RB and RC
RC – Caroline County, VA south of Fredericksburg
Nest VB1601 – Virginia Beach – Purple banded RD and RE
Nest VB1002 – Virginia Beach – Purple banded RM and RN
Nest VB1104 – Virginia Beach – Purple banded RR and RS
RS – Pennsville, NJ south of Wilmington, DE
Nest VB1401 – Virginia Beach – Purple Banded RU and RV
Nest VB1201 – Virginia Beach – Purple banded RX