Transmitters attached to juvenile eagles in 2014
by: Larissa Smith, volunteer manager/wildlife biologist
Juvenile male bald eagle (D/95) with GPS transmiter being attached. Kathy Clark/ENSP
Since 2011 ENSP and CWF have been following the movements of young eagles outfitted with transmitters that have fledged from the Merrill Creek nest in Northern NJ. Currently two eagles are being tracked.
During the summer of 2014 two juvenile bald eagles were fitted with a GPS tracking device (a wearable backpack). Biologists chose one eagle from Atlantic County (a male) and one from Cumberland County (a female) to be tagged in this telemetry study. The male hatched at a nest near Nacote Creek in Port Republic, and wears a green band with code D/95. The female is from a nest on the Maurice River; she wears color band E/05.
The male, named “Nacote” (D/95) had a transmitter attached at 8.5 weeks of age on May 6, 2014 and on May 22, he first moved away from the nest tree. He remained within about 1/4 mile for more than one week as he learned flying and landing skills. He made a bold northern movement in late July, and was in Canada until mid-October when he started heading south. He currently is in upstate New York.
The female, named “Millville” (E/05) was about 8.3 weeks of age when outfitted with the transmitter. The banding date was May 19, and she remained close to the nest until late July, venturing out to Delaware Bay marshes and back in early August. In mid-September she crossed the Delaware River into Delaware and then spent most of September along the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland before crossing over to Virginia. She headed back into Delaware recently.
An interactive map showing their current location can be viewed on our website. It’ll be interesting to see where they end up this winter.