Conserve Wildlife Blog NJ’s nest cams deliver action with eagles, falcons, and more

April 4th, 2019

Jim Wright, whose “Bird Watcher” column appears twice-weekly in The Record and on, shares his favorite places to spot rare and beautiful birds in North Jersey. Video created with Wochit.

Nest cams offer you a peek into the natural world from the comfort of your own phone or computer screen. Jim Wright interviews CWF Executive Director David Wheeler about the cams and why they are such an effective way to connect people to wildlife.

“Viewers feel the drama, the danger, the sibling squabbles, the results of chases for prey, the perils of wind and rain and snow and windblown trees, and of course the joys of a new egg hatching or a bird taking flight for the first time,” Wheeler explains.

CWF has long led the efforts to offer free wildlife webcams, made possible by generous sponsors and partners such as Phillips 66 and Union County Parks, whom CWF partners with on the Union County peregrine falcon cam in Elizabeth.

In recent years, CWF’s education program, built around the wildlife webcams, has greatly expanded thanks to sponsors including the PSEG Foundation, Victoria Foundation, the David & Carol Lackland Family Foundation, the Zoological Society of New Jersey, Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund, New Jersey Natural Gas, Mercer County Parks Department, Mercer County Wildlife Center, Wildlife Center Friends, Wakefern Food Corp/ShopRite Markets, Atlantic City Electric, GAF, The Merrill G. & Emita E. Hastings Foundation, the New Jersey Education Association, and the Osprey Foundation.

Want your company to help New Jerseyans connect to wildlife? We’re looking for sponsors for our Jersey City Falcon Cam – contact Liz Silvernail for more information.

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4 Responses to “ NJ’s nest cams deliver action with eagles, falcons, and more”

  1. Amy weiss says:

    I saw a bald eagle trap a squirrel in my yard this morning in the souland mountains. Does anyone keep track of sightings? I’m going to walk in the woods this weekend and look for a nest. I didn’t see it fly off it just went up in the trees.

  2. Ben says:

    Hi Amy – We’d encourage you to NOT try to find a nest during this time of year. Best to wait until after they are done nesting (July) to try and look for it. Human disturbance at nests is a huge threat to eagles and their nestlings. Feel free to email Larissa, our Eagle Project biologist, if you have any other questions:

  3. Michelle Tan says:

    I wonder if it would be possible for our 15 g4/g5 students to learn about Endangered Species/animals from experts like you.

    We look forward to hearing from you. You can reach us at 609-375-8015.


  4. Ben says:

    Hey Michelle, We’d be more than happy to help your students to learn about New Jersey’s endangered/threatened wildlife. You should reach out to our Director of Education if you haven’t already. Here is her email address: