Saturday morning, during the U.S. Forest Service’s third bald eagle count of the 2013-14 season, the pair of adult bald eagles was again seen at Lake Hemet.

During this count, a grand total of 15 eagles (nine adults and six juveniles) were counted at the lake areas in and near the San Bernardino National Forest. This is one more than during the January vigil.

Besides the two Lake Hemet eagle residents, 10 eagles (including six juveniles) were observed at Big Bear Lake; one adult eagle was seen at Lake Arrowhead; and two adult eagles were seen at Silverwood Lake. This month, none were observed at either Lake Gregory or Lake Perris although two were seen at these sites in January.

About 165 observers participated in the one-hour eagle census (30 at Lake Hemet, 53 at Big Bear area, 18 at Lake Arrowhead and Lake Gregory, 49 at Silverwood Lake and 25 at Lake Perris).

The remaining bald eagle count for this winter is scheduled for Saturday morning, March 8.

Lake Hemet volunteers should plan to meet at the Lake Hemet Grocery Store at 8:30 a.m. for orientation. Contact Anne Poopatanapong at [email protected] or 909-382-2935 for more information.