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Continuing to Track NJ Eagles.

September 6th, 2013

Update on the Merrill Creek birds.

by: Larissa Smith, Wildlife Biologist/Volunteer Manager

Back in February I gave an update on the Merrill Creek birds that had been fitted with transmitters.

We continue following the movements of the female that had the transmitter placed on May 29th, 2012. She spent the winter down at the Delmarva Penninsula in coastal Virginia and then headed up north and spent a large portion of the summer in Maine. She is starting to head south and on September 2nd was in Connecticut.

On May 31, 2013 the largest of three chicks at the Merrill Creek Reservoir nest, a female, was fitted with a transmitter.

Merrill Creek chick with transmitter May 29th, 2013

Merrill Creek chick with transmitter May 29th, 2013

This transmitter is different than the ones previously used in that it uses GSM technology. Instead of using satellites to pick up the bird’s location, the transmitter will transmit data via cell phone towers. The data is then transmitted over the internet and delivered as an email to a mobile device or computer. This new technology transmits more data, costs less and allows users to have instant access to the data through smart phones or computers. Since fledging this bird has been on the move spending time in NY, PA and back to NJ and as of September 3rd was back near the nest site.

To follow both these eagles movements  go to:


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