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
RB – Western Branch Reservoir, Suffolk, VA
RC – Caroline County, VA south of Fredericksburg
Nest VB1601 – Virginia Beach – Purple banded RD and RE
RD – King George County – Potomac River near Dahlgren, VA
RE – Prince George County – James River near Hopewell, VA
Nest VB1002 – Virginia Beach – Purple banded RM and RN
RM – Plum Tree Island NWR, Poquoson, VA
RN – Nansemond River near mouth, Suffolk, VA
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
RU – Spring Grove, VA – Surry County on James River
RV – King George County near Sealston, VA
Nest VB1201 – Virginia Beach – Purple banded RX
Thanks for the data and many thanks to you and the rest of the Team that went out there and made this happen!
They are leaving their home nests. Thanks for the updates.
This is just great. More scientific data will be now be available to establish an even better future for all eagles. Thank you CCB and the DOD.
Thanks to you Reese, and all involved in monitoring the class of 2016. May they fly gloriously!
Wonderful information! RD is up near NX’s current stomping grounds! Thanks to all!
Such a wide area. God speed to all of them. Thanks for letting the public in on this great adventure Reese!!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for ALL of your work with Eagles – and for sharing it with us.
This is wonderful news..thank you …so many “babies” to watch.. NC catfish anyone?
Saddened to hear of the loss of RW. Godspeed to the rest of the 2016 fledglings. Thank you, Reese.
What a lot of work you folks are doing! Wish all these young ones good health and safe hunting, especially during summer storms. Sorry we lost one. Thanks Reese!