Tag: Big Bear Discovery Center

It’s Mother’s Day for Mother Earth

Fawnskin, CA, April 18, 2014 – Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water is joining forces with Project WET to teach families how to take better care of the planet we depend on–especially our liquid assets. Project WET is the world’s leading water education organization, and visitors to the Big Bear Discovery Center Saturday will learn what happens in the water cycle, how they can make a difference to California’s water future, and more. Admission is free, and kids in grades K-12 who participate in interactive activities on water conservation, including the Upcycle Art Contest, will receive goody bags. Community organizations–the Sierra Club Big Bear Group, the Garden Club of Big Bear, Bear Valley Electric Service, Big Bear Disposal, the Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Friends of Fawnskin–will also be on site offering educational exhibits and activities showing how to better reduce, reuse and recycle for healthier and more sustainable communities. Here’s one tip: Compost food waste rather than putting it in a garbage disposal. 4/19/14 Big Bear Discovery Center Schedule Help Restore the San Bernardino National Forest, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Restoration activity includes seed collection and germination, native plant propagation, noxious weed removal, and planting out on the forest. Meets at the Discovery Center at 9:00am; volunteers should bring a sack lunch, water, work gloves (if available), jacket, and sunscreen. Project WET Blue Planet Activity, grades K-12, 10:30am, 11:30am,...

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The Drought’s Effect on Big Bear Lake

Fawnskin, CA, March 9, 2014 – Some of the most visible effects of the current drought are the beaches springing up around Big Bear Lake’s 22 miles of shoreline–new patches of sand that fishermen and picnicking families are making the most of. Even after picking up over ten inches of precipitation in the recent storm system, the water level was still 7’ 10” below full, compared with being just 4 1/2 feet down at this time last year. In fact, the last time the lake was full was the spring of 2011. The mission of the Municipal Water District (MWD) is to stabilize lake levels for recreation and wildlife. Part of that means setting limits on the amount of water that can be used as snowmaking. Big Bear Mountain Resorts is allowed to withdraw 11,000 acre feet of water in any 10-year period, not to exceed 1,300 acre feet in any single year. As a point of reference, the lake’s total storage capacity is 73,370 acre feet. About half of the water borrowed to make snow returns to the lake, so the biggest net reduction in the lake’s surface area would be roughly 1%. That’s assuming conditions are even cold enough to make snow, though. Thanks to this winter’s warm temperatures, Big Bear Mountain Resorts has only been able to use half its maximum yearly allotment.  If you’d like...

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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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“Celebrate Your Love” of Nature at the Discovery Center

Fawnskin, CA, February 4, 2014 – The Southern California Mountains Foundation is presenting a “Celebrate Your Love” Benefit for the Discovery Center this Saturday, February 8th, at the Discovery Center, as a culmination of their holiday fund raising campaign to raise the $25,000 needed to continue the high level of service, programming and education provided by the Center. The Discovery Center welcomes 190,000 visitors annually and benefits youth education through a variety of programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels here in the Big Bear Valley. Tickets for the fund raising event to “Benefit the Discovery Center” are $50 per person and available online at www.MountainsFoundation.org. The evening includes a no-host cocktail reception; a silent auction with fantastic items including 4 Dodgers season passes with parking, 2 season passes to the Music in the Mountains summer concert series, and great local business gift certificates; dinner, generously donated by Northwoods Resort; and a short program. There will also be live music provided by local artist, Randy Boswell. The Discovery Center is a program of the Southern California Mountains Foundation and is co-managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Donations can be made online if you cannot attend the event but still wish to...

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Solar Eclipse Scientist Makes Rare Appearance

Fawnskin, CA January 14, 2014 – On Thursday January 16th at 4:00pm, join guest speaker Jay Pasachoff, a Harvard educated Astronomer and leading scientist on solar eclipses, at the Big Bear Discovery Center for a stunning presentation of  “The Sun and Solar Eclipses”. “The Big Bear Observatory’s telescopes can observe the everyday surface of the Sun every time the sky is clear, but the solar corona, the faint outer atmosphere of the Sun, is visible from the Earth’s surface only during total solar eclipses,” explained Professor Pasachoff. He has observed 58 solar eclipses, 31 of them total, and will describe the recent experiences and how the eclipse observations are linked with ground-based and space-based observations to give the most complete information about our Sun. Join the Southern California Mountains Foundation and the Big Bear Solar Observatory in welcoming Professor Pasachoff, making this rare appearance at the Big Bear Discovery Center. This spectacular presentation will be open to the public. Admission is free but seating is...

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