Big Bear, Ca March 13, 2011 3:00 pm – The bald eagles that visit Big Bear during the winter months are one of the spectacular sites around the lake. These large birds enjoy the plentiful fish and ducks available in our lakes because the water is not often completely frozen. Each winter since 1979, the US Forest Service has conducted counts of the eagles seen in the area. For one hour, on specific Saturday mornings between December and March, volunteers spread out around Big Bear Lake and Baldwin Lake, watching for our national bird, and recording where and when they see the eagles. This year 2 bald eagles were seen in December, 5 in January and February, and 3 were recorded last Saturday in the final count of 2011. 72 volunteers participated. In the next few weeks, the bald eagles will be returning north to Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Canada, where they spend their summers. The residents and visitors of Big Bear will look forward to their return next winter.