This male eagle – hatched at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge near Vian, Oklahoma – was fitted with a GPS satellite transmitter in April of 2011. This bird was last tracked in September 2016 north of St. Louis, in Illinois. We do not know if the transmitter failed, or if the bird was injured or killed. (See below for prior locations and pictures from the day the eagle was banded and nestcam screenshots from when it hatched.)


 

Dr. Sherrod holds the young male eaglet as Sequoyah NWR staff assist the tagging (USFWS)
Dr. Sherrod holds the young male eaglet as Sequoyah NWR staff assist the tagging (USFWS)
April 14, 2011 - The Sutton Center's Steve Sherrod and Ryan Van Zant use a lift to carefully retrieve the young eagle from the nest (Cheryl Cavert)
April 14, 2011 – The Sutton Center’s Steve Sherrod and Ryan Van Zant use a lift to carefully retrieve the young eagle from the nest (Cheryl Cavert)
April 14, 2011 - The young male eagle is fitted with a satellite transmitter to track its movements across North America (Dan Reinking)
April 14, 2011 – The young male eagle is fitted with a satellite transmitter to track its movements across North America (Dan Reinking)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


From the nestcam: A glimpse into this eagle’s earliest days

February 7, 2011 - Two chicks being fed by the adults (USFWS)
February 7, 2011 – Two chicks being fed by the adults (USFWS)
February 9, 2011 - Dedicated parents shelter their young from a snowdump (USFWS)
February 9, 2011 – Dedicated parents shelter their young from a snowdump (USFWS)
February 2, 2011 - One eaglet has hatched and is being fed by a parent
February 2, 2011 – One eaglet has hatched and is being fed by a parent (USFWS)
USFWS photo 1.3.11.third egg
January 3, 2011 – Three eggs laid in the camera-monitored Bald Eagle nest at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS)

Project Partners

Thank you to our Bald Eagle project partners!


Additional support provided by: ConocoPhillips, Newfield Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The John Steele Zink Foundation, and individual donors.

About This Project

Welcome to the Sutton Center's Bald Eagle tracking page. Here you can follow, along with us, the travels of Bald Eagles hatched in Oklahoma. These include a male and female eagle hatched in Sand Springs, Oklahoma in 2010, a male eagle hatched at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in 2011, two sibling eaglets hatched in 2011 at what we are calling the Turnpike Nest, and another female at a nest we call Sooner Nest D. We are using the latest GPS satellite tracking technology to follow the movements of these young birds for what we hope will be several years. Where will they go? When will they return? We hope to answer these questions and more. Over 20 years ago we tracked a young Oklahoma Bald Eagle to Canada during the summer, always having to stay in range of the relatively short distance transmitters that were available then. Now satellites can do most of the work and you can view our updated maps daily. For much more information about this project, click on the Eagle Tracking Information link to the left.

How To Use The Maps

To reduce the clutter on the maps, a maximum of about three months of eagle locations are shown on a single map. Current maps are available for each eagle. You can click and drag the map with your mouse to pan (move it around), and you can zoom in or out using the + and - controls on the left side of the map. Clicking on the Satellite button on the map brings up a photographic view instead of the map view. Try it!

We will occasionally add some comments about each eagle's movements below each map. We will update the tracking locations regularly to show representative movements of the eagles. While each mapped point location is intended to provide an accurate depiction of an eagle's position at a specific time on the date specified, the red connecting lines do not indicate actual flight paths. The lines are shown only to indicate a general direction of travel between each set of points.

Please note that because of the way we receive the tracking data from the satellites, mapped locations will always be at least 1 week behind real time.