Pair of nesting eagles near Big Bear Lake to welcome chicks next month
The Big Bear Lake area will welcome a pair of baby bald eagles next month.
A female bald eagle laid two eggs near the lake last week, according to the U.S. Forest Service, and the chicks are expected to make their appearance around Feb. 10.
“This is part of the story of bald eagle population recovery nationwide. Only a few decades ago, bald eagles were considered an endangered species,” Robin Eliason, a U.S. Forest Service biologist, said in a news release. “We think these are the first eggs laid by this young female. We don’t 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.”
Experts believe the female bald eagle and her male companion are year-round residents of the area. Since bald eagles will abandon nests if disturbed, Forest Service officials have closed the area around the nest to public entry through June 22, the duration of the nesting season.
However, a livestream of the eagle’s nest can be viewed online:
The news comes days before the Forest Service will host its first bald eagle count of the new year on Saturday, Jan. 13. The count happens to fall on National Winter Trails Day, and is part of a series of monthly winter events held to “monitor bald eagle populations when the species was listed as endangered,” the Forest Service release said.
Volunteers spotted four eagles in the Big Bear Lake area, including the nesting couple, at the eagle count in December.
Forest Service officials welcome “citizen scientists” as eagle count volunteers at Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead/Lake Gregory, Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, Lake Hemet and Lake Perris State Recreation Area.
No experience is necessary, but […]