December 20, 2011 |
NEWPORT, N.J. - In 1981, in a swampy no-man's-land in southern Cumberland County, experts spied New Jersey's only known pair of mated bald eagles and feared they might be its last. Now, state biologists are heralding a milestone: There are more than 100 pairs of American bald eagles nesting in the Garden State, according to data released last week by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Eighteen of the state's 21 counties have at least one active nest, officials report.
July 19, 2007 |
There may be no better place to celebrate the recent removal of bald eagles from the list of endangered and threatened species than Philadelphia. After an embattled 40-year effort, bald eagles have recovered from the disastrous trifecta that almost spelled their doom: DDT, habitat destruction, and over-hunting. Thanks to protection under the Endangered Species Act and the combined recovery efforts of federal, state, and local conservation organizations, there are now almost 10,000 nesting pairs of eagles in the contiguous United States - a stunning increase from the 417 in 1963.
July 14, 2003 |
After 20 years of dogged work to reintroduce DDT-decimated bald eagles, wildlife biologists in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have had some major successes, although this was not a landmark year. Five new nesting pairs were reported in each state this spring, a decline for both. Bald eagles like to build nests in hard-to-reach places, and are sensitive to disturbances (particularly from people) and extreme weather. The decline was attributed to both factors. "It's been kind of a tough year for eagles, but they're holding their own," said Dan Brauning, the biologist who oversees the Pennsylvania Game Commission's eagle and falcon programs.
February 13, 1994 |
The New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife says its efforts to increase the number of bald eagles in the state are reaping benefits. Officials said 96 eagles were counted during the agency's annual winter survey, 22 more than were observed last year. The survey was conducted on Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 by volunteer bird enthusiasts on behalf of the division's Endangered and Non-Game Species Program. Larry Niles, the program's chief, said that the survey focused on areas known to have eagle populations in winter and that the count represents eagles actually seen by the volunteers.
November 22, 1998 |
Over the chilly gray waters of the Mississippi River, a bald eagle rides the brisk currents of rising air in huge, lazy circles. As it turns against the dark trees, the broad white tail and snowy head of America's symbol are clearly visible. This eagle, seemingly soaring for sport on an increasingly nasty late-autumn day, is part of a glowing ecological success story in Iowa. Bald eagles remain an endangered species here, but that is changing: In recent years the birds have returned to nest at a rate far greater than wildlife biologists once thought possible.
January 13, 1997 |
At 7:23 yesterday morning, Shirley and Paul Lamson parked their truck on the side of a narrow country road and waited in the bitter cold for the bald eagles to appear. For more than three years, the couple has kept watch over an eagle's nest high atop a tree along Horne Run. The Lamsons are devoted to the male and female who live in the nest, and drive more than 20 miles from their Gloucester County home several times each week to see them. As the orange sun rose from behind a clump of trees, the eagles became visible as they perched in their nest, basking in dawn's early light.
March 19, 2004 |
A survey in January counted 178 bald eagles in New Jersey, a record for modern times and another indication of the bird's population rebound, the state said yesterday. In releasing the results of the annual midwinter survey, Environmental Commissioner Bradley Campbell credited the protection of bald-eagle nests to the work of volunteers who monitor them for state wildlife biologists. "Despite its continued endangered status, the bald eagle is one of New Jersey's great success stories in endangered-species protection and management," Campbell said.
April 10, 2007 |
Bald eagles - the first to nest in the city in 200 years - still soar over the Navy Yard site where both the port and the Philadelphia Regional Produce Market have rival plans to build massive new facilities. All work toward beginning construction of the produce terminal this summer has stopped. Gov. Rendell's press office would say only that "planning is now focused on the eagles, which will impact any project on the east end of the Navy Yard. " While the eagles may have halted the bulldozers, they have not stopped the debate over where the produce market should go. Thomas J. Holt Jr., who with his brothers runs the port's largest terminals, wants the governor to get everybody into a room behind closed doors to figure out how to expand the port and meet the produce market's needs.
July 14, 2003 |
It took more than an hour tromping through mosquito- and tick-infested woods along the Delaware River in Gloucester County, and a trip 60 feet up a tree, to get Elmer Clegg his big payoff. Clegg is a volunteer eagle's nest monitor for the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, and this month he did something he had never done in a dozen years of watching: He cradled a bird that had hatched in one of his nests. And not just one new bald eagle, but two - a brother and a sister that Clegg's wife, Bunny, had named Duke and Daisy without knowing their sexes.
February 7, 1999 |
I gazed in quiet marvel at the cold, opaline face of this mighty, magnificent plateau of ice. Hundreds of passengers, bundled in parkas or draped in wool blankets, lined the decks of the Mercury cruise liner to witness the wonder, six miles wide and 500 feet high. My husband and I took turns on deck, the other staying in the cabin with our nearly 2-year-old son. He didn't care for the stiff wind and chilly temperatures. On deck, I found the sight spellbinding. Long ago, this vast expanse of ice elbowed its way between the black mountain peaks and then dipped its ancient, sculpted face into this water.