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January 15, 2016

In the 1980s, there was only one bald eagle nest in New Jersey. In 2015, there were 161 pairs, according to Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. Protection and monitoring of critical habitat is what is saving our nation’s symbol, which is state-endangered for breeding and state-threatened for nonbreeding season.

Thirteen new eagle pairs were found this season, according to the foundation. Nine new pairs in South Jersey, two in central Jersey, and two in north Jersey. One hundred and fifty pairs laid eggs, up from 146 last year. They produced 199 young.

The Delaware Bay region is the state’s stronghold for these majestic birds; 40 percent of all nests can be found in Cumberland and Salem counties. Bald eagles can be found only in North America. Anyone interested in watching these eagles in their habitat should check out the Duke Farm Eaglecam. It is very popular, with more than 10 million views.

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