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Tracking BACA02

Post by JudyB » Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:04 pm

BACA02 is an adult male captured on the 11 February 2018 at Vancouver landfill, about 20kms east of Vancouver as the eagle flies. He was banded by Myles Lamont and David Hancock has a blue auxiliary marker N over 2 on its left leg.

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Post by JudyB » Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:05 pm

Shortly after being tagged, BACA02 headed North, arriving in the southern part of Alaska (the Inside Passage) in mid March and reporting back from various spots in that general area until late July.
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We hoped that he had just traveled somewhere without cell tower reception, because his tracker uses cell towers to check in. But we worried a bit.

And as the months went by and we didn't hear from him, we worried a bit more - but hoped for the best.

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Post by JudyB » Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:05 pm

And today, when I checked my Animal Tracker phone app, there were 6 eagles in the general area where they had all been tagged; yesterday there were only 5. And the new eagle on the scene was BACA02!
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(The one in the gray circle went down to the Oregon border last year at this time, and that's probably where he's headed now - and unfortunately the tracking units we used last year weren't configured to work with US cell towers, so we won't know where he's been until he gets back.)

Here's BACA02's path:
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He hasn't uploaded the data from his trip south yet - that's why it appears as a straight line on the map above. And maybe he never will. His tracker is supposed to last for at least a few years, but I'm not sure that diving into the ocean off the coast of Alaska was one of the tests for the trackers.

When I looked at his activity for the last 2 weeks, this is all I got - he was somewhere in Vancouver, and headed north, a bit inland from Sechelt.
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I'm hoping he stays where there are lots of cell towers for a while, and downloads a bit more of his story.

But for now - I'm happy he's back! :love:

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Re: Tracking BACA02

Post by JudyB » Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:39 pm

January 2, 2020

BACA02 just checked in! He's on his way south from his summer territory in Alaska, and is just a bit south of Prince Rupert. We haven't heard from him for almost a year, so this is exciting! I'm not seeing many data points yet, so he may have additional data from the last 10 months to upload now that he's back in BC.
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Post by IrishEyes » Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:17 am

Thanks You Judy! this is so exciting !
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Re: Tracking BACA02

Post by JudyB » Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:24 pm

January 7, 2020

Good to see you here, Bev!

BACA02 checked in today, and it looks as if he's heading towards the Vancouver/Delta area.
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Looking at the map, he's been in some fairly remote area, so perhaps that's why we haven't heard from him for a couple of days - but it could also be that his transmitter is getting weaker - it has been almost two years since he was tagged.

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Re: Tracking BACA02

Post by JudyB » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:33 am

January 10, 2020

BACA02 is getting closer to the Delta/Vancouver area!
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Post by IrishEyes » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:41 pm

Way to go BACAO2 :woohoo:

Thanks Judy for the updates :huggie:
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Re: Tracking BACA02

Post by JudyB » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:41 pm

Thanks, Bev!

As of January 14, there's no new data from BACA02. Given how irregular data uploads from him have been, I'm guessing his transmitter is taking a break! And, upon reflection, it is solar powered, and may need more direct sunlight than it's been getting to recharge now that it's getting older.

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Post by JudyB » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:21 pm

And happily it looks as if I was right, at least partly - we now have data from later on January 14, and I suspect BACA02 has found his way to the giant landfill!
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Post by IrishEyes » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:48 pm

Way to go BACOA2 !

Thank You so much Judy!
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Re: Tracking BACA02

Post by JudyB » Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:30 pm

Monday, February 10, 2020

Good - and surprising - news - BACA02 has checked in!

BACA02 arrived in the general area of the Vancouver Landfill in Delta on January 14, and posted fairly regularly from there until January 30 - when he stopped posting (as did TERF02, but TERF02 resumed posting after a few days). We did have a spell of cloudy, rainy days - and BACA02 has one of our oldest transmitters, being part of the group that was tagged in February 2018, so I was hoping that the problem was with his transmitter, and not with him.

And that seems to be the case - he's already on his way back home!
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When he uploaded data earlier today, he uploaded some of the data from previous days, so we know he began flying North on February 3rd, ending up just south of Prince Rupert on February 8th (I'm not going to post daily pictures, but he was further north every day - definitely an eagle on a mission).
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He crossed into Alaska on the 9th, and is now making his way up the Alaskan Panhandle.
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Re: Tracking BACA02

Post by JudyB » Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:45 pm

He still has a ways to go - you can see his green dot to the right of Prince of Wales Island towards the bottom of the map, and he's probably heading into the Glacier Bay Park and Reserve - you can see the heavier green tracks showing where he's spent the last two summers:
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I was thinking it would be too early - and chilly - to be thinking about nesting up there, and he's chosen a remote area, but is not that far from Situk (not easy to read at that scale, but it's the lower town in the upper right below):
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So I checked the weather there - and it's warmer than I expected:
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So, not surprisingly, this eagle knows exactly what he's doing!

Have a safe journey, BACA02!

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Re: Tracking BACA02

Post by IrishEyes » Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:32 pm

Thank you Judy for update and have a safe journey BACAO2 :luck:
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