The Bald Eagle nestlings will be banded over the Memorial Day weekend, at 8 weeks old. At that time, one of the eaglets will also be fitted with a tracking transmitter. This process will take a little longer than banding alone because the State of New Jersey biologists will take the time to ensure that the transmitter harness fits perfectly, in addition to conducting the traditional activities that occur during banding. The birds will be kept comfortable the whole time.
Transmitters have been used on hundreds (if not thousands) of bald eagles, and should not pose any problem to the nearly full-grown eagle nestling. For years, these transmitters have provided biologists with data that is important to identify critical habitat and the ways that eagles utilize habitat in NJ. This information underlies habitat preservation and protection efforts in NJ and beyond. Transmitters are already in use on several Bald Eagles in NJ. For more information, please visit Conserve Wildlife's New Jersey EagleTrax Page.
This year, the banding is occurring towards the end of the banding window. Out of an abundance of caution, there will be limited human interference during the banding. The YouTube stream will be shut down for that time and a notice will be posted. Film footage will be taken very quietly during the process, edited to a short, concise video and posted at a later date. We thank you for understanding that the health and safety of wildlife are of utmost priority.
You can view the Eagle Cam here.