We work closely with biologists with the Endangered and Nongame Species Program to help monitor the peregrine population in New Jersey.
New Jersey is home to more than 20 pairs of breeding Peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus). We work closely with biologists with the Endangered and Nongame Species Program to help monitor the population. Each winter we perform maintenance, in spring we monitor nest sites for activity, then use a remote motion-activated camera that allows us to be able to identify each individual bird. It also provides more valuable information including nest success, age, site fidelity, and the turnover rate in the population. After we have successfully identified the breeding pair, we continually monitor each nest or eyrie until the young are old enough to band (approximately 3-4 weeks old).
At a nest site in Jersey City, we have a webcam on the top of a building at 101 Hudson St. The webcam allows viewers to follow the nesting season from courtship to fledging (March to July). One biologist, Kathy Clark, writes entries in Nestbox News, an online journal that summarizes events and milestones during the nesting season. We offer classroom programs that help teachers educate students about peregrines in New Jersey.
- Peregrine falcon information including identification, life history, habitat, and current threats
- NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Endangered and Nongame Species Program
2012 Peregrine Falcon Report - 133.2KB
2011 Peregrine Falcon Report - 155.2KB
2010 Peregrine Falcon Report - 252.1KB
2009 Peregrine Falcon Project Report - 112.4KB
Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager: Email
Maria Grace, Education and Outreach Manager: Email