Tag: Bald Eagles

Five Eagles Observed Over Weekend

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 12, 2014 – The last of four eagle censuses this winter was conducted on Saturday, with local biologists getting help from 57 volunteers. Observers spotted five bald eagles around Big Bear Lake during the one-hour count, including four adults and one juvenile. Juvenile eagles are the same size as the adults, but have a brown head and tail for their first few years of life. So, where do eagles hang out? One pair of adults was seen in the neighborhoods at Eagle Point.  The other pair was in the Grout Bay area of Fawnskin in the closure area; that bald eagle nest area there will be protected as long as the pair remains there.  The juvenile was on the south shore in the Gilner Point area and then was seen flying towards Fawnskin. Many of the bald eagles have started migrating out of southern California to breed in the north, but one breeding pair has set up a nesting territory here and are year-round residents. Unfortunately, the two chicks that hatched in early February did not survive the severe storm that followed. The four monthly counts are conducted between December and March to estimate the number of bald eagles that are wintering in lakes throughout the area.  The highest numbers are typically in February and March....

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Scanning the Skies for Bald Eagles

Big Bear Lake, CA, December 12, 2013 – Every year, the Forest Service conducts simultaneous bald eagle counts are held at Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Silverwood, Lake Perris, and Lake Hemet–but they couldn’t do it without volunteers. Volunteers are now being recruited for the 35th series of counts, , which will take place over the following Saturdays: December 21st, January 11th, February 8th, and March 8th. There’s no need to sign up ahead of time. Simply show up with binoculars and a watch at 8:00 a.m. on any census day at the Big Bear Discovery Center for an orientation. You’ll then be directed to a certain vantage point around Big Bear Lake to watch for bald eagles for one hour. Volunteers record their observations, and can later attend a free slideshow about bald eagles at 11:00. If the weather is iffy, you’ll want to call (909) 382-2832 to confirm the count is still happening;  an outgoing message will be left by 6:30 am on the morning of the count if it has to be cancelled. Forest Service biologist Robin Eliason said monitoring eagles this way has taught forestry agencies and land managers  a lot about which areas are important to eagles and how the populations are doing. For more information, contact Drew Farr (dpfarr@fs.fed.us or (909) 382-2816).   ...

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