in Southern California
The success of the eagle counts is
entirely dependent on the volunteers!
December 13th, the first bald eagle count of Winter was conducted by
local Federal and State biologists and volunteers around several lakes in
Southern California. Several dozen bald
eagles spend their winter vacations around Southern California’s lakes. They migrate here because their prey animals
(fish and ducks) are no longer available to them in the cold northern regions
as ice covers the lakes and rivers.
conditions at the mountain count sites hampered turnout of eagles and
volunteers. The Forest Service decided
to not risk the safety of volunteers on the icy roads and cancelled the Big
Bear count but biologists were able to observe 3 eagles (2 adults and 1
juvenile) during the census period. Lake
Arrowhead had three observers but no eagles were seen. One adult eagle was observed by the 13
volunteers at Lake Perris. Two adult
eagles were counted by the 16 participants at Lake Hemet. Three eagles (2 adults and 1 juvenile) were
counted by 9 observers at Lake Silverwood.
count coordinators from the Forest Service and State Recreation Areas would
like to thank those volunteers for their dedication in getting up early and
participating in the eagle census. The
success of the eagle counts is entirely dependent on the volunteers!
total of 9 bald eagles observed during the count may under-represent the actual
number of eagles that were here since not all of the usual sites were manned
during the census. With more winter
storms in the forecast, we expect more migrant bald eagles to be moving into
the area over the next few weeks. Our
highest counts are usually in January and February.
join us on this fun family-friendly experience – it is a special opportunity to
see our beautiful and amazing national bird!
The remaining bald eagle counts for
this winter are scheduled for the following 2015 Saturday mornings: January 10th, February 14th,
and March 14th. No experience
needed. Signing up ahead of time is unnecessary – just show up at
the designated time and location, dress warmly, bring binoculars and a
Big Bear 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 Rari Marks (email@example.com or 909-382-2600 x4075) for more
information. Please call 909-382-2832
for cancellation due to winter weather conditions – an outgoing message will be
left by 6:30 am 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 after the
counts and on December 27th and January 17th.
Lake Arrowhead/Lake Gregory volunteers will meet at 8:00 a.m. at
the Skyforest Ranger Station for orientation. Contact Rari Marks (firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-382-2600 x4075) for more information. Please call 909-382-2832 for cancellation due
to winter weather conditions – an outgoing message will be left by 6:30 am 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 Kathy Williams or Mark Wright for more information about
volunteering or taking an eagle tour (760-389-2303 between 8:00 and 4:00; or
Lake Hemet volunteers should
plan on meeting at the Lake Hemet Grocery Store at 8:30 a.m. for
orientation. Contact Heidi Hoggan (email@example.com or 909-382-2945) for more information.
Lake Perris State Recreation Area volunteers should
plan to meet at the Lake Perris Regional Indian Museum at 8:00 for
orientation. Contact the office for more
information at 951-940-5600.
See websites for additional
information about the San Bernardino National Forest (http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/) and the
California State Recreation Areas (www.parks.ca.gov).