By Susan A. Neufeld
San Bernardino, CA – More than 140 people participated in the January winter bald eagle count, in and around San Bernardino National forest, observing a total of ten bald eagles. The seasonal count, which takes place during the winter months, is now in its 39th year and is organized by the U.S. Forest Service, in conjunction with California State Parks.
The eagle count locations reported the following:
- Big Bear Lake: Five eagles, two adults and three subadults, were seen by 80 eager citizen scientists. This included the pair that made news this week for laying two eggs at their nest on Forest Service-managed land. If all goes well, the eggs should hatch in early February. A “nest cam” from the Friends of Big Bear Valley live streams the nest day and night and can be viewed at http://www.iws.org/livecams.html (Select “Big Bear Eagle Cam, Big Bear Lake). To protect the eagles, the area surrounding the nest is completely closed to all public entry.
- Lake Arrowhead: Three eagles, two adults and a subadult, were spotted by nine citizen scientists.
- Lake Hemet: A pair of eagles were observed by ten citizen scientists.
- Lake Perris: Sadly, 45 participants at Lake Perris State Recreation Area were skunked and did not see any eagles this time.
- Silverwood Lake: No eagles were spotted by the 31 participants, in this area.
- Count coordinators from the Forest Service and California State parks would like to thank participants for their dedication in getting up early in the eagle censuses this winter. The success of the eagle counts is entirely dependent on the citizen scientists!
- The next bald eagle count is scheduled for Saturday February 10.