Citizen scientists needed to count bald eagles

Citizen scientists needed to count bald eagles

San Bernardino National Forest is seeking help to count bald eagles in the annual winter bald eagle counts in and near the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains this weekend.

Concurrent bald eagle counts are held at Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Silverwood, Lake Perris and Lake Hemet. Some of these sites have held winter counts since 1978. Counting eagles is fun, easy and only takes a couple of hours. Participants meet early for a briefing and then are staged at vantage points. They record their observations on maps and data sheets. Ten bald eagles were observed during the February counts but foggy weather conditions likely hid some eagles from the eagle searchers.

If you are interested in bald eagles but cannot attend a count, check out the live-streaming camera provided by the Friends of Big Bear Valley. The web camera is on a nest on San Bernardino National Forest land near Big Bear Lake.