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Nine bald eagles spotted at first count of winter season

 

Last updated 12/27/2017 at Noon



linkSAN BERNARDINO – The first bald eagle count of the winter season was conducted Saturday, Dec. 9, by local, federal and state biologists and citizen scientists around several lakes in Southern California’s Inland Empire. The program is part of an ongoing long-term monitoring effort that began 39 years ago in 1978. Several dozen bald eagles typically spend their winter vacations around area lakes, adding to a few resident nesting bald eagles that stay year-round.

A total of nine bald eagles – six adults and three sub-adults or juveniles – were observed by 99 eagle-eyed citizen scientists during the count Saturday morning.

Ken Kietzer, a senior environmental scientist at Lake Perris State Recreation Area, reported two eagles – one adult and one sub-adult – were observed by 37 happy participants.

Eighteen participants watched a pair of courting adult bald eagles at Lake Hemet sharing a meal of fish on the beach.

“We had one group come all the way from L.A. They had such a good eagle show; they are planning to come back next month,” Ann Bowers, a biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, said. “Our eagles are great performers and love is in the air.”

Nine observers scanned the skies at Lake Arrowhead and Gregory, spotting one adult bald eagle.

And 35 participants helped with the census at Big Bear Lake, where four eagles – two adults and two subadults – were counted.

The count coordinators from the U.S. Forest Service and California State Parks thanked the participants for their dedication in getting up early and participating in the eagle censuses this winter. The success of the eagle counts is entirely dependent on the citizen scientists, the coordinators said.

There are still three more bald eagle counts scheduled this winter. They are scheduled for three Saturday mornings: Jan. 13, Feb. 10 and March 10. No experience is needed. Signing up ahead of time is unnecessary, Residents only need to show up at the designated time and location, dress warmly and bring binoculars and a watch. Observers meet at one of the count locations for a short orientation, before proceeding to their observation sites where they record their observations between 9 and 10 a.m. They return to the meeting location to turn in the data sheet, and their service is completed. The biologists use those data to determine the minimum number of eagles in the area.

Big Bear Lake area volunteers will meet 8 a.m. at the Forest Service’s Big Bear Discovery Center on North Shore Drive in Big Bear Lake for orientation. Contact Robin Eliason at [email protected] 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. the day of the count if it must be canceled. Contact the Discovery Center (909) 382-2790 for information about eagle celebrations. There will also be a free slideshow about bald eagles 11 a.m. after the counts.

Lake Arrowhead and Lake Gregory volunteers will meet 8 a.m. at the Skyforest Ranger Station for orientation. Contact Robin Eliason at [email protected] 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 am on the morning of the count if it has to be canceled.

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area volunteers should plan to meet at the Visitor Center 8 a.m. for orientation. Contact Mark Wright for more information about volunteering or taking an eagle tour at (760) 389-2303 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or email [email protected].

Lake Hemet volunteers should plan on meeting at the Lake Hemet Grocery Store 8:30 a.m. for orientation. Contact Ann Bowers at [email protected] or (909) 382-2935 for more information.

Lake Perris State Recreation Area volunteers should plan to meet at the Lake Perris Regional Indian Museum 8 a.m. for orientation. For more information, call Lake Perris State Recreation Area at (951) 940-5600 or the Lake Perris Regional Indian Museum at (951) 940-5657.

 

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