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January 14, 2019 | Number of The Day
Bald eagles born in New Jersey nests in 2018

The bald eagle population in New Jersey grew last year, with 172 young being produced. That’s quite remarkable, given that as Conserve Wildlife Foundation executive director David Wheeler noted, “As recently as the early 1980s, bald eagles were down to a single unsuccessful nesting pair in New Jersey.”

Numbers of the bird of prey here had plummeted due to the widespread use of the pesticide DDT before it was banned in 1972, around the same time that the bald eagle receiving endangered species protection nationally and in New Jersey.

Today there are over 200 pairs of bald eagles in the state. However, the bald eagle remains endangered in the Garden State. And, although the population is growing, the birds are threatened by nest disturbance, loss of habitat, and contaminants in the food web.