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Nixy's Travels, Tracking an eagle called NX
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 4:31 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

GOODBYE Nixy!
She will be released to the wild (for the 3rd time Laughing  )  May 16, Wednesday.  Smile

WVC moved 2 young eaglet nestlings into their new raptor tower.
Nixy is trying to join them.  

May 14 update
NX has been flying well in A3 for the past few days – overall, she’s been flying the length of her enclosures approximately 10-12 times during each exercise session since mid-April.
The staff are pleased with her recovery from her December 2011 injury.

With medical clearance from the veterinary staff, a Wednesday, May 16 release is being planned for NX.  
She will be returned to the Northern Neck area of Virginia.  This release will not be open to the public,
though photos will be taken and will be added to the Center’s website as soon as possible after the release.
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/12/injured-nx

video of Nixy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShbeR0OV1lo&feature=youtu.be

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

May 16,  2012  RELEASE DAY!
Bald Eagle NX was caught up this morning at about 8:30 a.m. for release.  
Dr. Miranda brought NX into the hospital and placed protective bumpers on her “wrists” before placing her in her travel crate.  
The protective bumpers are piece of soft foam padding, designed to cushion NX’s wings during travel.  The bumpers will be removed prior to her release.

12:20 p.m. update:
Wildlife Center President Ed Clark called in to report “from the field” — NX’s release went very well.  
She was released at 12:10 p.m. at the Rapphannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  
Ed reports that NX flew 75 yards into a tall tree, and sat there for about five minutes, taking in her surroundings.  
She then flew through the woods, over an estuary, and into the forest, out of sight.  According to Ed, NX did “everything she’s supposed to do!”

RELEASE PHOTOS by Jim Deal
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/12/injured-nx

LISTEN to the story of Nixy on local radio!  Hear her sing like a canary prior to her release!
http://ideastations.org/radio/arc...-in-northern-neck-wildlife-refuge


Wildlife Center Releases Bald Eagle NX
On Wednesday, May 16, the Wildlife Center of Virginia released Bald Eagle NX [#11-0475] at the Rapphannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  Wildlife Center President Ed Clark and veterinary director Dr. Dave McRuer drove NX to the release site, and gathered with a small group of people for the release.  In attendance were two individuals involved in her December 2011 rescue — Officer Kevin Keeve, the animal control officer who captured NX, and Diana O’Connor, the permitted rehabilitator who initially stabilized the injured eagle.

NX was released at about 12:10 p.m. by Dr. Dave.  NX flew 75 yards into a tall tree, and sat there for about five minutes, taking in her surroundings.  She then flew through the woods, over an estuary, and into the forest, out of sight.  According to Ed, NX did “everything she’s supposed to do!”

PHOTOS by Jim Deal, his property, so I cant take one  Sad
I cant find his Email either
http://www.wvec.com/eaglecam/slid...ery=y&c=y&ref=%2Feaglecam
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2012/05/release-bald-eagle-nx

Wildlife Center of Virginia Releases Bald Eagle NX
This is a wonderful video - you can hear Nixy calling!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wav4J_VSEOo&feature=youtu.be

LOOK at Nixy's beautiful plumage!  She is a year old.
http://media.wvec.com/images/600*400/photonx-1.jpg

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NX was released on May 16at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge — about 32 miles west of where she was rescued in Northumberland County in December 2011.  NX’s transmitter battery was fully charged when placed on her again in late April 2012, though the Wildlife Center staff believe that some charge was lost while she was perching in the Center’s shaded flight pens.  While NX’s reports can come in as often as every 48 hours, the transmitter may need additional time to charge up again in the field.

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
May 18:  Two days on her own, and NX already checked in!

According to the map, NX is still at the wildlife refuge where she was released on May 16.  
She is within a mile of the release site, but has been exploring the forest and estuary over the past two days.  
It appears as though we are missing a little data from the afternoon of May 16 to the afternoon of May 17 — this is likely before her battery was fully charged by the sun.

May 21 update
NX checked in twice since the last update — on May 19 and again on May 21.  
On May 19, NX headed west from the release location to the banks of the Rapphannock River.  
Today’s check-in shows that she is still by the river, and has just spent more time exploring.  She is just north of Mulberry Island.

May 23 update
NX spent the last two days on the same beach, just traveled further south.  She is about a mile from her release site

May 25 update
NX is still in the same area, the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
She’s clearly been flying around a lot in the past two days!

May 30 update
Nixy is still within a mile or so of the release site trekking northward.
As of this morning, she was hanging out on Burnett Creek, and is just to the south of a small summit named Bald Eagle Hill.

MAPS here
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/tracking-nx
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Overview of all post-release travels to date June 2012
June 7 update:  Many NX followers were eager to hear where NX was during the June 7 Bald Eagle release at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  
It turns out that NX was still near the beach — about 3/4 of a mile from the release site.

June 1 update
NX checked-in today — still hanging around the Rapphannock!  She’s moved away from the creek and went back to the beach just north of Mulberry Island.

June 3 update
Different day, same area — NX continues to explore the banks of the Rappahannock.

June 11 update:  NX checked-in on June 9 and on June 11 — still hanging out around the same area!  It looks like NX took a short trip over the Rappahannock River on June 8 — and after she got halfway across, turned around and came back.

June 13 update:  NX ventured off on another short trip over half of the Rappahannock in the past two days.  This part of the river is just a little more than a mile wide.

June 14 update:  Although NX check-ins should occur every 48 hours, for some reason, we received another check-in on June 14!  Same spot, different day — NX continues to explore the banks of the Rappahannock.

June 26 update:  NX checked in on June 25 — and has moved about 1/2 mile to the south.
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/tracking-nx



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

July 2 update
On Friday, June 29, most areas in western, central, and northern Virginia were subject to severe storms.   see this link for storms
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about3366.html

Judging from the data from NX’s tracking, it was a very strong storm — so strong, that NX ended up off the coast of Africa on her June 30 check-in!  Shocked  Question
In all seriousness, we do know that many cell towers were down or experiencing difficulties throughout the weekend in Virginia — so there are some “bad” data points in NX’s tracking.  In looking at the reasonable data points, it appears as though NX spent the evening of June 29 a little bit inland (marked by the red star below).  On today’s check-in, she had resumed her river-side wandering.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

July 10 update
NX checked in today — still flying around the same area.  At her precise moment of check-in, she was flying over the Rappahannock River at about 219 feet.

July 13 update
NX has left the county!  Between NX’s July 10 and July 12 check-in, NX flew west over the Rappahannock River into Essex County.
At her July 12 check-in, she was hanging out near a body of water just 1/3 mile north of Sluice Creek.

Nixy had been hanging out in the same area since her last release from WCV.
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/tracking-nx

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

September 7, 2012  I see I have been remiss in tracking Nixy!  But she's stayed in the same area.
NX is still hanging out on the Rappahannock River, in the same area where she’s been for the past couple of weeks.  
At her point of check-in today she was actually on the other side of the river, in Westmoreland County.
She is still exploring the Rappahannock River in Westmoreland and Essex Counties.

September 10 update
Nixy checked in on Sunday, September 9 — she’s moved further north!  Between September 7 and September 9, NX flew about 15 miles to the north in Westmoreland County — toward Colonial Beach.

September 11 update
NX is still just outside of Colonial Beach.  Over the past two days, she’s been exploring the western side of Westmoreland County and briefly crossed into King George County near Rosier Creek.  According to HookandBullet.com, Rosier Creek is a good fishing spot, full of a variety of fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and bluegill.

September 14 update
Nixy checked in on September 13 — and is still to the west of Colonial Beach.  NX has been flying over Rosier Creek, and according to Google Earth, even flew over a place called Shady Lane Seafood Carry-Out!
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/tracking-nx


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

November 1, 2012
Bald Eagle NX missed her scheduled check-in on October 29 due to Hurricane Sandy but checked in 3 days later.  
So, where did she go during the storm?  Nixy flew 2.5 miles south from Baber Point on the evening of October 28.
On October 29 and 30 when Virginia was hit with high winds and rain of the hurricane NX was in a wooded area just north of Rosier Creek.
On October 31, she returned to some of her regular hang-out spots on Rosier Creek.  It appears as though NX weathered the storm just fine!
http://wildlifecenter.org/critter-corner/success-story/tracking-nx
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

December 14, 2012
Nixy checked in after a week and a day of no communication - she's been exploring the Machodoc Creek.

December 6  - west of Wood Island

December 1 -  It looks as though NX has flown north again - over the past two days, she flew about 6.5 miles, back to the Upper Machodoc Creek.
http://wildlifecenter.org/critter-corner/success-story/tracking-nx

Norfolk Botanical Garden eagle nests removed   Crying or Very sad
October 3, 2012  To my surprise, the nest Nixy was born (hatched) in was removed, and her parents will not be permitted to re-build in the male's territory of many years.  Sad.  Sad
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