Monday, November 24, 2014

NJ's Eagle Population Continued to Climb in 2014

Bald eagle, Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.
Photo credit: Don Freiday / USFW

New Jersey's eagle population continued to climb in 2014, to 156 pairs.  The number of young  broke the 200 mark, with 201 fledging from 145 known-outcome nests.

Eagles nest in all counties except Essex and Hudson.

The report also highlights the movements of eagles being tracked with satellite tags.  In their first years after leaving the nest, they are moving far and wide across the northeast, from Maine to Maryland.  The satellite-tracked eagles reveal new information about eagle habitat use, foraging and roosting locations.

For details about the continuing recovery of eagles in NJ, and the efforts of the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, see the 2014 Eagle Project Report linked from http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/raptor_info.htm on the Division's website.

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