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...]

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...]

Historic Drought Requires New Tactics

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Big Bear City, CA, February 13, 2014 - Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. Now Caltrans is launching an unprecedented conservation campaign on California highways, targeting the state's 24 million drivers. Over 700 electronic highway signs went up this week displaying the message: SERIOUS DROUGHT HELP SAVE WATER The signs … [Read more...]

“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 … [Read more...]

The Trouble With Conifers

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Big Bear City, CA, January 16, 2014 - For all the work trees do to clean our air, pollinating trees are the bane of allergy sufferers. This week, the unseasonably warm weather and windy conditions are making the situation worse. Several websites that rate pollen levels on a scale from 1 to 12 show Big Bear averaging 9.1 over the next few days, with … [Read more...]

Sierra Club Leads Hikers to Recognition on the PCT

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Big Bear City, CA, January 8, 2014 - The Sierra Club Big Bear Group leads group hikes every year on local trails. In 2014, it's participating in the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section B Award Program, in which each hiker who completes all 101.4 miles receives a recognition patch and attends the annual awards party. This section of the PCT is … [Read more...]

Mussels Invade Ventura County

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 3, 2013 - In a major development with an aquatic invasive species the Big Bear Municipal Water District (MWD) has been on guard against, quagga and zebra mussels have been found for the first time in a Southern California water body that does not receive water from the Colorado River. The mussels were discovered on the … [Read more...]

“Loving Life Center” Opens to Public on Solstice Saturday

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Big Bear Lake, CA, December 20, 2013 - Psychologist Robin Bradley, educator Joe Bradley and Marriage and Family Therapist Gina Weiss have revamped a historic log cabin as an office space and gathering place called the Big Bear Loving Life Center. The trio’s individual pursuits include counseling practices, EarthHEAL, Big Bear THRIVES!, the … [Read more...]

Mountains Foundation Named “Partner of the Year”

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Fawnskin, CA, December 10, 2013 - The U.S. Forest Service has named the Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) their “Partner of the Year” for achieving exceptional results in inspiring more visitors to connect, recreate responsibly and serve their public lands. As Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore put it, “Only with … [Read more...]