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January 16, 2015

Bald eagles are coming back to New Jersey. This winter, 25 new eagle pairs were found. And for the first time in 100 years, eagles are nesting along the Palisades Interstate Park.

The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey reports that the statewide population of bald eagles increased to 156 pairs, and that a total of 146 nest sites were active with eggs.

Biologists from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Fish and Wildlife division track bald eagles with a telemetry system. Nests are also monitored, which showed that 115 of them produced 201 young eagles.

The Delaware Bay region is the state’s eagle stronghold, with 43 percent of all nests located in Cumberland and Salem counties. However, an eagle cam is hosted at Duke Farms in Hillsborough and it’s expected the next incubation period will begin mid-February.

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