The third bald eagle count of the 2015-16 winter found 14 bald eagles (seven adults and seven juveniles) throughout Southern California, according to John Miller, public affairs officer for the San Bernardino National Forest. Last month, after the heavy snowstorm, only four eagles were seen.
Two adult eagles were spotted at Lake Hemet. In January, spotters only saw one of the pair. For Saturday’s count, 28 volunteers turned out at Lake Hemet.
The count lasted just one hour and 224 volunteers participated at five locations. Five young eagles and two adults were observed at Big Bear Lake.
Other sites with eagles included Lake Arrowhead with two adults and Silverwood State Recreation Area where one adult eagle, one 4-year-old and another immature eagle were seen.
The next and final count of the season will be March 12.
The Forest Service stresses that no experience is needed. Also, it is not necessary to sign up ahead of time. The Forest Service encourages prospective volunteers to just show up at the designated time and location, dress warmly, and bring binoculars and a watch.
For those interested in participating at Lake Hemet, volunteers should meet at the Lake Hemet Market at 8:30 a.m. for orientation. For more information, contact Ann Bowers, San Jacinto District biologist either by email at [email protected] or by phone at 909-382-2935.