While people were traveling to Washington and to destinations for the Women's Marches, American Eagles were soaring high in South Jersey today.
Did you participate in the Women's March? People came out in masses from all across America and the world. I tried to get on a bus from NJ to Washington DC but all the buses were full! At first I was disappointed. But, then I realized how positive it was that so many people wanted to attend.
The Women's March showed a true outpouring of Americans committed to supporting our democracy. Women (and Men) were able to peacefully express their opinions on how they feel about Trump's behavior and what they hope for in the future of America.
After watching the news so intensely before and after Trumps inauguration, it felt great to get outside and go for a walk and enjoy nature today. Maybe it was no coincidence that our walk was to see Bald Eagles - symbolic of the United States of America.
|American Sweetgum Seed Pods : Winter food source for Goldfinches, Mourning Doves, Sparrows, Squirrels and other wildlife|
Bald Eagles faced possible extinction after habitat loss and from the use of DDT, a harsh chemical that is now banned. There was only one American Eagle pair left in NJ in 1970. As of 2015, there were 150 American Eagle pairs! Wow, what a significant come back here in South Jersey thanks to recovery efforts.
Today, we marched with the Citizens United (CU) Maurice River group in South Jersey on Bald Eagle Trail at Glades Wildlife Refuge in Cumberland County, NJ. A woman in our group wore a sign echoing some of the many concerns being felt across America.
We were lucky to see around 21 Eagles! The birds of prey were perched in trees while some soared over the pristine Jersey salt marsh and wetland. Some Eagles were looking for love. Believe it or not, now through March is Eagle nesting season. Baby Eaglets fledge in late June to early July.
Birds and wildlife are important reminders to us of the ongoing need to be diligent in preserving and protecting the environment.
All day, the sky was gray and overcast. It was misty with the threat of rain. Luckily, we didn't get any rain. Along the walk, group naturalists and birders pointed out different birds and native plants as well as invasive species.
2017 Cumberland County Winter Eagle Festival
Presentations and Trail Walks
Over 40 Exhibitors and Merchants
Saturday, February 4, 2017
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Bald Eagle Fact Sheet and Eagle Cam link
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