Posted by: rlukei | April 14, 2010

Azalea 10 Month Travels & 2010 Transmitter Date


The map above of Azalea’s travels covers the period June 13, 2009 through April 12, 2010 – 10 months. She has wandered widely as young bald eagles are prone to do. She left for the shores of the Potomac River on August 21 and spent most of  the fall and early winter on the Upper and Middle Peninsula’s of Virginia. In early January she headed south and for the most part has explored Eastern North Carolina, with a couple short trips back to Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

A second eaglet from Norfolk Botanical Garden will join Azalea and be fitted with a satellite transmitter. Biologists from The Center for Conservation Biology will fit a satellite transmitter on one of the eaglets on May 5, 2010 at 10:00am. Nuckols Tree Care will assist, as well as staff from NBG.

CCB will track this eagle on this same EagleTrak blog site, and offer people the opportunity, after the transmitter is fitted, to adopt the 2010 transmittered eaglet as we did Azalea. The 2010 eaglet will have its own web page under CCB’s Norfolk Botanical Eagle project.

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Why are they not banded at the same time they are fitting an eaglet with a transmitter?

She is simple unbelievable…..I’m sure she will find a great place to call home. She sure is checking it all out. She was the perfect eagle for this project.

What a wonderful experience it is to follow her adventures.

I think we just saw Azalea fly over the pond behind our house. We live right beside the USCG base in Elizabeth City on the Pasquotank River. Is there a way to see if she was there appx 6pm today? I guess I can wait for the 4/14 tracker update. My family is so excited to have possibly seen her!

I had hoped that Azalea would fly north and join the many eagles in my Fredericksburg – Rappahannock River neighborhood ~ and early on it looked like she was headed this way. But, for now, (sigh) she seems to be a southern girl.
Today I am renewing my hope that the new “chosen one” will head to straight to my neck of the woods! Thank you for everything you do to Mr.rlukei ~ Thank you.

I have so enjoyed reading about Azalea and her travels. She has been interesting and entertaining. It will be just as interesting to read the whereabouts of the new eaglet and see where her travels will take her. Who knows, maybe Azalea and her sibling will meet somewhere.

Thanks for taking the time to keep us informed.