Have Two Eggs In The Nest
The female is the first Bald Eagle recorded to be
hatched in the
Bernardino Mountains, which was in 2012.
San Bernardino, California, January 8, 2018 ____
a Bald Eagle near Big Bear Lake laid two eggs, just in time for the public
January Bald Eagle Count scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2018. The Eagle and her mate
are year-round residents of the area. The eggs should hatch after about 35 days
– around February 10, 2018.
is part of the story of Bald Eagle population recovery nationwide. Only a few
decades ago, Bald Eagles were considered an endangered species,” said Robin
Eliason, a U.S. Forest Service biologist. “We think these are the first eggs
laid by this young female. We do not know for sure because she’s not banded,
but some of us are convinced that the female is the first Bald Eagle recorded to be hatched in the
San Bernardino Mountains, which was in 2012.”
Because Bald Eagles will abandon nests if
disturbed, the United States Forest Service has closed
the area to all public entry through June 22, 2018 the duration of the
nesting season. "We're very concerned about people trying to get close for
photographs, viewing, etc." said Eliason.
Better viewing can be found from the comfort of
one’s home, anyway. The nonprofit group Friends of the Big Bear Valley
installed a live-stream camera on the nest in 2016 which is still active today
(choose Big Bear Eagle Cam, Big Bear Lake,
under the Live Nest Cameras list).
Four Bald Eagles, including the nesting pair,
were spotted around Big Bear Lake by 35 citizen scientists at the December 2017 Bald Eagle Count. Nine
total were spotted at all Eagle count sites, which are located at six different
lakes throughout the Inland Empire in San Bernardino National Forest and at two
California State Park sites.
The public is invited to come out and help with
the Eagle Count on Saturday, which also happens to be on National Winter Trails Day (forest partner Southern California
Mountains Foundation is hosting a number of events). The monthly Winter events
started as a way to monitor Bald Eagle populations when the species was listed
as endangered. Although the species was delisted in 2007, the U.S. Forest
Service continues to monitor the local population, which also gives the public
an ongoing opportunity to view Eagles and get a taste of scientific field work.
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January 13th Eagle Count info:
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Lake area volunteers will meet at 8:00 A.M. at the Forest Service’s Big Bear
Discovery Center on North Shore Drive for orientation. Contact Robin Eliason
(email@example.com or 909-382-2832) for more information. Please call 909-382-2832
for cancellation due to Winter weather conditions – An outgoing message will be
left by 6:30 A.M. on the morning of the count, if it has to be cancelled.
Contact the Discovery Center (909-382-2790) for information about Eagle
Celebrations. There will also be a free slideshow about Bald Eagles at 11:00
A.M., after the Counts.
Lake Arrowhead/Lake Gregory volunteers will
meet at 8:00 A.M. at the Skyforest Ranger Station for orientation. Contact
Robin Eliason (firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-382-2832) for more information.
call 909-382-2832 for cancellation due to winter weather conditions – an
outgoing message will be left by 6:30 A.M., on the morning of the count if it
has to be cancelled.
Silverwood Lake State
Recreation Area volunteers should plan to meet at the Visitor Center at 8:00
A.M. for orientation. Contact Mark Wright for more information about
volunteering or taking an Eagle Tour (760-389-2303 between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.
or email: email@example.com).
Lake Hemet volunteers
should plan on meeting at the Lake Hemet Grocery Store at 8:30 A.M. for orientation.
Contact Ann Bowers (firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-382-2935) for more information.
Lake Perris State
Recreation Area volunteers should plan to meet at the Lake Perris Regional Indian
Museum at 8:00 A.M. for orientation. For more information call Lake Perris SRA
at 951-940-5600 or the Lake Perris Regional Indian Museum at 951-940-5657.
No experience is needed.
Signing up ahead of time is unnecessary — just show up at the designated time
and location, dress for cold weather, bring binoculars and a watch. Observers
meet at one of the count locations for a short orientation and then they
proceed to their observation sites where they record their observations between
9:00 A.M. 8:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. Then
they return to the meeting location to turn in the data sheet. The biologists
use those data to determine the minimum number of eagles in the area.
For those who cannot
make the event, the remaining two counts for Winter season are scheduled for
Saturday February 10th and Saturday March 10th. The public can also try
watching Eagles on their own. Contact the Big BearDiscovery Center
(909-382-2790) or the Idyllwild Ranger Station (909-382-2921) for wildlife
and etiquette on the San Bernardino National Forest.
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the health, diversity and productivity of the
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to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages
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20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2
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a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million
forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests
where most Americans live.