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New Jersey Eagle News

January 24th, 2020

Eagle with nesting material 1/17/20 @Lisa K.

The Division of NJ Fish and Wildlife along with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, released the 2019 New Jersey Bald Eagle Project Report. 2019 was a good year for eagles as a record high of 249 eagles fledged from nests. Two hundred eleven nest sites were monitored of which 190 were active (with eggs) and 21 were territorial or housekeeping pairs. The success of the eagle project is due to the dedication of the NJ Eagle Project volunteers who monitor and protect eagle nests throughout the state.

The 2020 eagle nesting season is under way as nine pairs are currently incubating and ten new nesting pairs have been reported. The Duke Farms pair laid their first egg on January 20th and the second egg January 24th. This pair’s every move can be seen on the eagle cam and gives a great look into the lives of a nesting pair of eagles. The winter months are a great time to see eagles in NJ since there are not only the nesting resident pairs, but wintering eagles.

Duke Farms 1st egg laid January 20, 2020 4:15pm

CWF partners with PSEG, the Mercer County Park Commission, Mercer County Wildlife Center, and Wildlife Center Friends and Duke Farms to protect bald eagles in New Jersey. Thank you to the Wakefern Food Corp./ShopRite Stores, Wells Fargo, Chemours and the American Eagle Foundation for additional eagle program funding.

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2 Responses to “New Jersey Eagle News”

  1. Carolyn Foote Edelmann says:

    Thrilling news in dire times. I remember too well when there was but one nest in New Jersey, at BearSwamp at the Delaware Bayshore. The pair would indeed produce egg(s), but DDT had rendered them frail. I do think the return of the eagles began with Chesapeake eggs in that nest, and that Pat and Clay Sutton of CMBO etc., had a great deal to do with this miracle. Whatever, thank you to everyone who does everything to ease the lives of New Jersey species. Carolyn Foote Edelmann, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton

  2. Pete says:

    I believe we saw two golden eagles Sunday Jan 26, 2020 near the bird viewing platform at Sandy Hook’s 9 Gun Battery flying low over a field searching for prey.