Big Bear Lake, CA, December 24, 2013 – The Forest Service held the season’s first eagle count on Saturday, and the 41 observers who participated in the one-hour census in the Big Bear/Baldwin Lake area reported seeing a collective six eagles (2 adults, 4 juveniles).

Volunteers are needed for the three remaining bald eagle counts this winter, which are scheduled for the following Saturdays: January 11, February 8, and March 8. Those interested should show up with warm clothing, binoculars and a watch at 8:00 a.m. on those mornings at the Big Bear Discovery Center on North Shore Drive. Free orientation will be provided, and there will be a  free slideshow about bald eagles at 11:00.

For more information, call (909) 382-2816 or email Drew Farr at

Signing up ahead of time isn’t necessary, but on days with inclement weather, you should call (909) 382-2832 to confirm the census is taking place. An outgoing message will be left by 6:30 am on the morning of the count if it has to be cancelled.