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New Jersey was once home to more than 20 pairs of nesting bald eagles. As a result of the use of the pesticide DDT, the number of nesting pairs of bald eagles in the state declined to only one by 1970 and remained at one into the early 1980’s. Use of DDT was banned in the United States in 1972. That ban combined with restoration efforts by biologists within the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) acted to increase the number of New Jersey bald eagles. This pair of juvenile bald eagles reside in northern monmouth county.