HIGHLANDS - A rehabilitated peregrine falcon got to spread its wings again Tuesday when it was released back in the wild at Twin Lights in Highlands.

Birds of prey, or raptors as they are also called, have made a resurgence in New Jersey during the last few decades, according to the DEP.    

"The peregrine falcon is doing really well in New Jersey," DEP biologist Kathy Clark told News 12. "They're coming back from being completely extricated east of the Mississippi. In 1960, there were actually no peregrine falcons in the world."

The DEP is asking residents to consider a donation to the cause during tax time this year.  Those interested in supporting efforts to protect endangered animals should check off the appropriate box for wildlife preservation on state income tax forms.

For extended video of the Peregrine Falcon being released, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.