San Bernardino Mountains, Ca, December 20, 2010, 8:00am – On Saturday December 18, the first bald eagle count of the winter was conducted by local Federal and State biologists and volunteers around lakes in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains.  This marks the 32nd year that the San Bernardino National Forest has organized monthly winter bald eagle counts! The cloudy, wet winter weather provided challenging conditions for volunteers hoping to observe one of our magnificent national birds. However the effort was successful in tallying the bald eagles spending their winter vacations at local mountain lakes. A grand total of 5 eagles (5 adults) were observed at the lake areas during the 1- hour count.  Two adult eagles ) were observed in the Big Bear/Baldwin Lake area; and other eagles were seen at Lake Arrowhead, Silverwood Lake, and Lake Perris.  Approximately 52 volunteers participated in the 1-hour eagle census.   The Forest Service and State Recreation Area biologists would like to thank those volunteers for their participation!  The next eagle count will take place on January 8th.