Bald Eagles Nesting in Central New Jersey

Bald Eagle

OLD BRIDGE, N.J., Jan. 27 (UPI) — A pair of bald eagles have set up housekeeping in central New Jersey, a signal the environment is improving.

Environmentalists and state officials do not want the exact location of the nest reported for fear a rush of sightseers might scare the big raptors away, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported. The nest is in Old Bridge, Middlesex County, an area better known for sprawling suburbs and industry than wildlife.

“You could, through good intentions, destroy what you’re trying to protect,” said Rick Lear, a naturalist in Middlesex County.

Bald eagles came close to extinction from the use of the pesticide DDT, which thins the shells of their eggs. In New Jersey, they were reintroduced in marshes along Delaware Bay and have gradually been moving north along the Delaware River, the state’s western border.

The species is still classified as endangered in New Jersey, although it was removed from the federal list in 2007.

Lear, who discovered the Middlesex County nest, situated in the branches of a tall pine tree, said the birds of prey have been there for about a year. The closest known nest is in an office park on Route 1 on the border between Plainsboro and Princeton.

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