Bald Eagle Counting Season to Start in SoCal; Volunteers Needed

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Calling all birdwatchers: National forest officials are asking for volunteers to help count bald eagles in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains this winter.

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A bald eagle is seen in flight in California in this file photo. (Credit: Nazhiyath Vijayan/flickr via Creative Commons)

Starting on Dec. 21, forest rangers will hold monthly get-togethers, where volunteers can meet in the mountains, grab a pair of binoculars and help observe the once-endangered national bird.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, counting events help authorities monitor the bald eagle population — which was close to extinction three decades ago — and track which areas are most populous.

After Dec. 21, counting events will be held on Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and March 8.

Volunteers can participate at any of five locations: Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Hemet, Lake Parris and Silverwood Lake.

No experience is needed to attend.

Listed below are details for each event:

  • Big Bear Lake volunteers were asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the Forest Service’s Big Bear Discovery Center (map). For more information, call Drew Farr at 909-382-2816 or email him at dpfarr@fs.fed.us.
  • Lake Arrowhead/Lake Gregory volunteers were asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the Skyforest Ranger Station (map). For more information, call Drew Farr at 909-382-2816 or email him at dpfarr@fs.fed.us.
  • Silverwood Lake volunteers were asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the Visitor Center (map). For more information, contact Kathy Williams or Mark Wright at 760-389-2303.
  • Lake Hemet volunteers were asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Lake Hemet Grocery Store (map). For more information, call Anne Poopatanapong at 909-382-2935 or email her at apoopatanapong@fs.fed.us.
  • Lake Perris volunteers were asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the Lake Perris Regional Indian Museum (map). For more information, call 951-940-5600.