Tag: Eagles

Forest Service Needs Volunteers To Count Eagles

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Eight Bald Eagles Spotted in Latest Eagle Count

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Help Count Bald Eagles With The Forest Service

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Season’s Final American Bald Eagle Count Indicates Five of Area’s Eleven Eagles Wintering in Big Bear Valley

Big Bear Valley, CA — The fourth and final eagle count of the season took place on March 13, with an impressive 62 volunteers showing up at the Big Bear Discovery Center to assist biologists of the San Bernardino National Forest. Within the local forest’s American Bald Eagle census area, which includes Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake, Baldwin Lake, Lake Gregory, Lake Hemet and Silverwood Lake, a total of eleven eagles (nine adults and two juveniles) were spotted on Saturday morning and, of those, five eagles (including the two juveniles) were counted within the Big Bear Valley. Counts have been conducted in our area since 1978, to contribute to the national Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Census to assess recovery of the federally-protected species. This winter’s counts resulted in four eagles wintering here in the Big Bear Valley in December, six in January, nine in February and five for this month, making for an average of six; heavy snows during last winter prompted cancellations of the December 2008 and February 2009 counts, though we still averaged six for the 2008/2009 season. American Bald Eagles wintering here tend to migrate out of the San Bernardino mountains in late March, heading back to their summer homes in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Alberta, Canada; in the meantime, eagle habitats along Big Bear Lake’s North Shore are closed to the public but these areas, including...

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Final American Bald Eagle Count of the Season Slated for Saturday

The Big Bear Valley’s American Bald Eagle population has fluctuated over the last 22 years, during which time biologists from the San Bernardino National Forest have conducted counts during the winter months. Since the late ’70s, Big Bear’s eagle population has soared to as many as 35-40 and dropped to as little as six or seven in our area; during the most recent eagle count in February, there were nine eagles wintering in the Big Bear Valley and, surrounding the mountain lakes of the San Bernardino National Forest, a total of 15 eagles. The Forest Service’s radio tracking of American Bald Eagles has indicated that some of the same individual eagles return to the San Bernardino mountains each year, though they tend to move between Big Bear, Arrowhead and Silverwood Lakes—these same eagles have also traveled to Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Canada for the summer season. For those interested in observing the eagles, which tend to stay here through early April, the final eagle count of the season takes place this Saturday, March 13. Volunteers need not have experience, but are asked to bring binoculars and a watch and dress warmly. The Big Bear-specific eagle count begins at the Big Bear Discovery Center, on Big Bear Lake’s North Shore, at 8am; following a briefing by biologists, volunteers will scout for eagles along Big Bear Lake and in the Baldwin...

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