New Jersey’s Bald Eagles Experience Record Year

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Oct 16, 2019
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Trenton, N.J. — This has been a banner year for New Jersey’s bald eagles, with the highest number of active nests and young fledged in the history of the N.J. Bald Eagle Project, spearheaded for a decade by biologists at Conserve Wildlife Foundation of N.J. and the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program.

According to CWF, 238 eagle nests were monitored this year, of which 189 were active (laid eggs), and 248 eaglets fledged. This is the highest number of fledges ever, surpassing the previous high of 216 in 2016.

“We owe the incredible amount of information about eagle populations in our state to the N.J. Eagle Project nest watch volunteers,” CWF noted. “An extremely dedicated group of approximately 85 volunteers monitor nests during the season, recording the important dates – like hatching and first flights – and watching for possible issues at nest sites.”

More details on the 2019 nesting season will be available in the annual eagle report, to be posted by December. The report will include individual nest data, state totals, and eagle recoveries and re-sightings.  —J.K.-H.

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