WEST WINDSOR, NJ -- To bring great public programming by the Mercer County Park Commission’s Nature Programs to nature enthusiasts, select public programming will now online while social distancing and stay-at-home orders remain in place.   On Monday, the Park Commission announced that the popular "Eyes on Eagles" program will be going virtual to allow viewers to take a closer look at bald eagle nesting behavior.

In February, the Park Commission announced that the "Eyes on Eagles" program would return for a second year. 

The free virtual "Eyes on Eagles" program will be held at 2:00 pm on both Sunday, May 10 and June 7.  Participants must register in advance by clicking HERE for May 10  and clicking HERE for June 7. 

Each hour-long webinar will feature current footage collected safely from one of the nests located in the Mercer County Park system, along with bald eagle history and interpretation provided by Park Commission naturalists and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Key moments in the lives of the young eaglets such as nesting and branching will be highlighted.  In addition, naturalists will share up-to-date information on the eagles through your own virtual spotting scope and share the unique story of the eagles at Mercer Lake.

The program also will provide important tips to park users on “eagle etiquette,” including information on federal regulations prohibiting the disturbance of bald eagle nests.  For instance, park goers who wish to see the eagles in-person  must remain on marked trails at all times.  Bald eagles and many bird species are sensitive during their nesting season.  Disturbance to wildlife will cause harm, where they may refuse to return in the future.

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At the end of each “Eyes on Eagles” virtual programming there will be a question and answer session for participants to ask any questions about eagles. Participants will be able to submit questions in advance of the program to krypkema@mercercounty.org or through chat feature in the webinar.

To learn more about bald eagle programming opportunities, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org or www.conservewildlifenj.org

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