Immature bald eagles do not acquire the typical white head and tail until they are four to five years of age.
Bald Eagle Project
We help manage the state's population of Bald eagles. In 2012, there were 135 pairs of nesting Bald eagles 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 119 active pairs in 2012.
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 information including identification, life history, distribution, and more.
Guidelines for Maintenance at Communication Towers that Support Raptor Nests in New Jersey - 49.4KB
Adopt a Species - Bald eagle - 197.5KB
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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