Immature bald eagles do not acquire the typical white head and tail until they are four to five years of age.
Merrill Creek Eagle Tracking
Follow along with one of our partners, who are also tracking bald eagles that originated from nests in New Jersey!
Bald Eagle Project
We help manage the state's population of Bald eagles. In 2015, there were 161 pairs of bald eagles monitored in New Jersey.
New Jersey was once home to more than 20 pairs of nesting Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). As a result of the use of the pesticide DDT, the number of nesting pairs of Bald eagles in the state declined to only one by 1970 and remained at one into the early 1980's. Use of DDT was banned in 1972. That ban combined with restoration efforts by biologists within the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife'sEndangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) acted to increase the number of New Jersey Bald eagles to 150 active pairs in 2015 and 199 young produced.
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ and ENSP biologists work together to manage and reduce disturbance in eagle habitats, especially around nest sites. Eagles are very sensitive to human disturbance and will abandon their nest sites if people encroach on the area during the nesting season. Education and established viewing areas are important in minimizing disturbance, as are the efforts of project volunteers. Biologists also work to protect habitat in a variety of ways, including working with landowners, land acquisition experts, and through the state's land use regulations.
During the nesting season (late Jan. - July) we host a live web camera (EagleCam) that is situated above a Bald eagle nest inside Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey.
Bald Eagle Telemetry
CWF and NJ ENSP have been tracking two eagles outfitted with transmitters. The telemetry maps on the CWF website are currently being updated and redesigned to allow for easier viewing of "Nacote" and "Oran's" movements. We hope to have the new maps up and running in the next few weeks.
Nacote D/95 continues to spend time around Cape May and Atlantic Counties.
He was photographed by Peggy Birdsall Cadigan on 10/23/2016 at Forsythe NWR, near his old nest site.
"Oran" E/17: From July 18th until September 21st Oran was out of cell range. His last know location was near the Quebec/Maine border and then on the September 21st came back into range along the Maine coast. He made his way back down to southern New Jersey and was at Dennisville Lake, Cape May County on October 3rd. Mid-October he made a trip to Delaware and came back to NJ a day later and has been foraging and roosting in Cumberland County.
Nesting Bald Eagles in New Jersey- Brochure - 624.1KB
Bald Eagles Nesting in New Jersey- Information for Landowners and Land Managers - 644.8KB
Guidelines for Maintenance at Communication Towers that Support Raptor Nests in New Jersey - 49.4KB
Adopt a Species - Bald eagle - 197.5KB
2015 Bald Eagle Project Report - 2.2MB
2014 Bald Eagle Project Report - 4.8MB
2013 Bald Eagle Project Report - 1.0MB
2012 Bald Eagle Project Report - 1.3MB
2011 Bald Eagle Project Report - 842.7KB
2010 Bald Eagle Project Report - 534.7KB
2009 Bald Eagle Project Report - 430.8KB
Larissa Smith, Biologist: Email
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