Pebble Plain Habitat… Only in Big Bear

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Big Bear Valley, CA, April 12, 2014 - When the glaciers receded during the Pleistocene Age, they created unique open areas covered with miniature rare plants found only in Big Bear. These areas are known as pebble plains and have a soil composition of quartzite pebbles, deposited over eons, which prevent conifers from taking seed, thus preserving … [Read more...]

From Wildlife Habitat to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo

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Big Bear, CA, March 29, 2014 - In 1959 a forest fire engulfed the San Bernardino National Forest and in the aftermath, several injured animals were found that required care. A makeshift hospital and rehabilitation area called the Wildlife Habitat was set up where the zoo is currently located. Two bobcats and an orphaned baby black bear were the … [Read more...]

There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!

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  Big Bear, CA, March 15, 2014 - In 1848, gold was discovered in northern California which brought thousands of people to the state from all over the world. One of these people was Bill Holcomb who tried his luck up north, but quickly decided to head to southern California. He heard rumors of gold in Big Bear Valley, but wasn't sure … [Read more...]

Special Olympics Athletes Benefit from a Jump in the Lake

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  Big Bear Lake, CA, March 11, 2014 - Nearly 500 people took a quick dip in the lake Saturday to benefit Special Olympics athletes in the third annual Big Bear Lake Polar Plunge. The goal for Plunge organizers was to raise at least $50,000. and it looks like they will more than double that. 44 teams and numerous individuals ran into … [Read more...]

Bald Eagles Return to Big Bear Year After Year

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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 … [Read more...]

Xeriscape Garden Tour Highlights Beautiful Landscapes and Water Conservation

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  Big Bear, CA, March 4, 2014 - With Spring approaching, thoughts are turning to gardening and planting. 2013 was the driest year on record in California and aside from our recent storm, 2014 is shaping up to be another very dry year. Native and drought tolerant plants are definitely a wise choice for your garden. They may cost … [Read more...]

How Does $10 Airfare Sound?

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Big Bear Lake, CA, February 27, 2014 - Every year, kids who’ve been through the trauma of fire injuries get a chance to just be kids at camp. Thanks to the Fire & Burn Foundation, a few dozen children between the ages of  5-17 get to ride horses, listen to storytellers, and take classes in the San Bernardino Mountains. Burn camp in Big Bear … [Read more...]

Distance Hikers Find Mountain Pit Stop

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Big Bear City, CA, February 23, 2014 - The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile hiking trail stretching from the Mexican border to Canada that passes through Big Bear Valley. The trail officially begins in Campo, California, and this year’s annual kickoff party will be held April 25-26th. The average hiker will take 10 days to make the … [Read more...]

1884 – Big Bear Gets a Dam and a Lake

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    Big Bear Lake, CA, February 15, 2014 - Frank Brown and Hiram Barton rode into Big Bear Valley on horseback in May of 1883. They quickly concluded that if they built a dam at the narrow west end of the valley, they would create a lake five and a half miles long that could supply much needed water to thirsty communities down … [Read more...]

Snow or Shine, the Race is on

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Big Bear Lake, CA, February 14, 2014 - One slogan of our annual snowshoe race is, “If you can walk you can snowshoe,” and given our dry winter, this year’s competitors may actually be on foot. Organizers say the 7th Annual Snowshoe the Bear will go on February 22nd at 10:00 a.m., even if turns out to be a trail run. Event producer Karen … [Read more...]