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 The success of the Eagles counts are entirely dependent on the Volunteer Counters!

  

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., November 17, 2015 - The Bald Eagle Counts schedule for Winter-2016 are Saturday mornings:  December 12, 2015, January 9, February 13, and March 12., 2016.

No experience needed.  Signing up ahead of time is not required – just show up at the designated time and location, dress warmly, bring binoculars and a Bald Eagle. A brief orientation is conducted prior to the count so volunteers know where to go and what to do.

*  Big Bear Lake area Volunteer Counters will meet at 8:00 A.M. at the Big Bear Discovery Center (Fawnskin) located on North Shore Drive for orientation. Contact Robin Eliason (reliason@fs.fed.us 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, to see if it has been 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 Volunteer Counters will meet at 8:00 A.M. at the Skyforest Ranger Station for orientation. USFS Arrowhead Ranger Station is located at 28104 State Route 18 in Skyforest, California.  

Contact Robin Eliason (reliason@fs.fed.us 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, to see if it has been cancelled. 

*  Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area volunteers should plan to meet at the Visitor Center at 8:00 A.M. for orientation.  Contact Kathy Williams or 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: khwilliams@parks.ca.gov). 

*  Lake Hemet Volunteer Counters can plan to meet at the Lake Hemet Grocery Store at 8:30 A.M. for orientation.  Contact Ann Bowers (annbowers@fs.fed.us 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.  Contact the office for more information at 951-940-5600


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