By Susan A. Neufeld
Mountain Communities – One of the most popular organized wildlife watching activities on the San Bernardino National Forest is back. The annual winter bald eagle counts will be held over the next 4 months, at five lakes throughout the Inland Empire. Volunteer citizen scientists can come out to help collect data that helps U.S. Forest Service biologists monitor wintering bald eagles populations. The program has been in effect since 1978.
This is a great opportunity to experience the majesty and grandeur of America’s national symbol, the bald eagle. The counts will be held on the second Saturday morning of each month through the winter season. December 9, January 13. February 10, and March 10. No reservations are needed; just show up at a designated location at the start time with binoculars and a way to keep time. Don’t forget to dress for winter weather.
LOCATIONS AND MEETING TIMES
BIG BEAR LAKE – Area volunteers will met at 8 a.m., at the Big Bear Discovery Center on North Shore Drive for orientation. In the event of inclement winter weather, a recorded cancellation notice will be posted by 6:30 a.m., at (909) 382-2832 on the morning of the count. Volunteers should call this number at the scheduled time for confirmation. For more information contact Robin Eliason at (909) 382-2832 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LAKE ARROWHEAD/LAKE GREGORY – An orientation will be held at 8 a.m. at Skyforest Ranger Station for all volunteers. In the event of inclement winter weather, a recorded cancellation notice will be posted by 6:30 a.m., at (909) 382-2832 on the morning f the count. Volunteers should call this number at the scheduled time for confirmation. For more information contact Robin Eliason at (909) 382-2832 or email@example.com for more information.
SILVERWOOD LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA – Orientation will be held at the Visitor Center at 8 a.m. for volunteers. Contact Mark Wright of California State Parks for more information about volunteering or taking an eagle tour. Wright can be reached at (760) 389-2303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAKE HEMET – Volunteers should plan on meeting at the Lake Hemet Grocery Store at 8:30 a.m. for orientation. For more information, contact Ann Bowers at email@example.com or (909) 382-2935.
LAKE PERRIS STATE RECREATION AREA– Volunteers should plan to met at the Lake Perris Regional Indian Museum at 8 a.m. for orientation. For more information, call California State Parks at (951) 940-5600 or the museum at (951) 940-5657.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – No experience or prior sign-up is necessary to participate in the eagle count. Volunteers only need to show up at the designated time and location.