Help Keep Eagles Flying High in New Jersey

Dec 12, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and the state’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program have helped bald eagles come back from the brink, but the species still faces threats, from overdevelopment and pollution. Scientists are thrilled the eagles’ numbers have rebounded – from just a single nesting pair in the 1980s to more than 200 pairs today – but their ongoing recovery is far from secure, and therefore the foundation is asking for the public’s assistance.

CWF must raise $5,000 by Dec. 31 to allow the organization to keep its Bald Eagle Project moving forward at full strength for the 18th year. To contribute to the fundraiser, visit gofundme.com/savenjeagles.

“As a biologist in New Jersey, I have studied, banded and cared for bald eagles in the wild for over a decade,” said CWF eagle biologist Larissa Smith. “Our active role is vital to the bald eagles’ success. With limited funding and manpower at our nonprofit, we rely on a highly trained volunteer team to act as ‘the eyes and ears’ of the New Jersey Bald Eagle Monitoring and Public Outreach Project.

“In partnership with the Endangered and Nongame Species Program, we coordinate this team and record their findings in order to protect our nesting eagles from disturbance. Our devoted volunteers work tirelessly to locate, monitor, and protect bald eagle nests in all types of weather and conditions.”

She added, “With your support, we can work to ensure that bald eagles always have a place in New Jersey – so that the next generation can experience that same feeling of awe upon seeing a mighty bald eagle fly across the sky.”

All donations are tax-deductible.

CWF also asks the public to help avoid the unnecessary ingestion of lead by bald eagles. “It only takes a tiny fragment of lead to sicken and kill an eagle,” the organization notes. “Help our biologists spread the word to sportsmen about hunting without lead bullets.”  —J.K.-H.

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