The Ongoing Evolution of Stanfield Marsh

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 21, 2014 - A favorite scenic spot in Big Bear is the Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Habitat that extends east from Stanfield Cutoff. Visitors can park in the southwest corner, stop by the wooden gazebo acting as an informational kiosk, then stroll along the water on the wooden walkway. The wooden walkway has a dual … [Read more...]

Get Ready to Give Big!

Big Bear Valley, CA, May 7, 2014 - Organizations that enrich our community hold various fundraisers throughout the year, and many residents do their best to attend and contribute. This year, we’re trying something different. Following the incredible success of Give BIG Riverside County, the Big Bear Valley is participating this week in Give BIG … [Read more...]

From Wildlife Habitat to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo


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...]

Zoo Site Gets Green Light

Zoo Bears

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 27, 2014 - The relocation of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo took a step forward this week, when the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors completed the final step required in the environmental review: adopting the Mitigated Negative Declaration. This allows the Special Districts Department to proceed with development of the … [Read more...]

Five Eagles Observed Over Weekend

Bald eagle feeding one of two chicks that hatched in early February near Big Bear Lake.  Unfortunately, the chicks did not survive the severe rain and snow storm on February 28th.  Photo Credit:  San Bernardino National Forest

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Stray Animals Can be “Furever Yours”


Big Bear City, CA, February 6, 2014 -  If you’ve been wanting to add a pet to your family, now’s a good time to do it. San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control  is hosting the Furever Yours Pet Adoption Event from February 8th to the 14th at the Big Bear Animal Shelter, which currently has dogs and cats waiting for a good home. As of … [Read more...]

Zoo Makes Home for Two Endangered Beauties


Big Bear Lake, CA, January 31, 2014 - This spring, a pair of snow leopards will relocate to our valley from Washington state’s Woodland Zoo. The sisters were born into the Species Survival program there, but a genetic defect left them each blind in one eye and ineligible for the breeding program. The program is in place because the Himalayan … [Read more...]

Six Eagles Observed During First Count

Big Bear Lake, CA, December 24, 2013 - The Forest Service held the season's first eagle count on Saturday, and the 41 observers who participated in the one-hour census in the Big Bear/Baldwin Lake area reported seeing a collective six eagles (2 adults, 4 juveniles). Volunteers are needed for the three remaining bald eagle counts this winter, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]