Tag: Bald Eagle Count

Bald Eagles Return to Big Bear Year After Year

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 8, 2014 – Migrating bald eagles love to winter in the San Bernardino Mountains with most of them choosing Big Bear Lake as their winter home. They’re usually found near water because their diet is primarily made up of fish and ducks. Sometimes during particularly cold nights, Coots, a breed of bird on our lake, will get stuck in the ice which make them easy prey for the eagles, earning them the nickname, Cootsicles. Once on the brink of extinction, breeding populations of bald eagles in Southern California had been completely wiped out by the late 1950s and the southern-most nest site known in California was north of San Francisco in Lake County. Reintroduction efforts began in the 1980s on Catalina Island. In fact, a female hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 2000 was released on Catalina and in 2004 made her way to Lake Hemet and decided to take up year round residence with the male eagle already there. However, the first successful bald eagle nesting ever recorded in the San Bernardino Mountains happened right here in Big Bear Lake. Through radio tracking, biologists have learned that many of the same individual eagles return year after year. Some of our eagles were tracked all the way to the Northwest Territories in Canada which is a 2000 mile trip one-way, while others only...

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UPDATE: Volunteers Needed To Count Bald Eagles – Cancelled

UPDATE: Big Bear Lake, CA, March 8, 2013 –  Due to snow and road conditions in the mountains, the bald eagle counts at Big Bear Lake, Lake Hemet, Lake Gregory, and Lake Arrowhead have been cancelled for Saturday March 9th. ORIGINAL STORY: Big Bear Lake, CA, March 6, 2013 – Volunteers are needed to help the Forest Service count bald eagles in the next bald eagle count in the San Bernardino Mountains this Saturday, March 9, 2013. This will be the last bald eagle census for this winter. Volunteers will be stationed at vantage points around Big Bear Lake, where they map and note any eagle observations during a 1-hour period. Through this method, the Forest Service gathers information about eagles in the area and changes in population numbers. There is no experience needed to be a volunteer. Volunteers should dress warmly and bring binoculars and a watch. Children and groups are welcome to participate. Big Bear Lake area volunteers will meet at 8am at the Big Bear Discovery Center for orientation. Call (909) 382-2832 for more information. There will be a free bald eagle talk at the Discovery Center at 11am after the eagle count.  Contact the Discovery Center (909) 866-2789 for more...

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Volunteers Needed To Count Bald Eagles

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