After near extinction, osprey population makes a comeback in N.J.

    After nearly becoming extinct in the ’70s, the osprey population is alive and well in New Jersey, reaching an almost record high.

    The fish hawks can be seen nesting thanks to a live cam set up by the Friends of Island Beach. That’s where the Asbury Park Press caught up with Ben Wurst as he slipped a numbred band onto a young chick to help track the population.

    The ospreys arrive every spring to nest down the Shore.

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