By Kristin Guglietti and Michael Reina | Feb. 3, 2020

MAURICETOWN – The return of bald eagles to New Jersey is an environmental success story. 

In 1973, there was just one known pair of bald eagles in the state. But after the Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act was passed, their population rebounded. Last year, 211 nesting sites produced 249 young eagles and researchers discovered 27 new eagle pairs, according to an annual report.

To celebrate South Jersey’s eagles and other birds of prey, Cumberland County hosted its annual Winter Eagle Fest on February 1. The event featured live raptor exhibits, presentations and speakers, and guided walks to view eagle nesting sites.

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