Friday, August 6, 2010

It's not too late to see Bald Eagles

Our nation's iconic symbol, haliaeetus leucocephalus, spends most of the summer in cool places like Alaska and Canada. But with some luck you can spot a couple of Bald Eagles here in Southern California.
Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains has been home to dozens of Bald Eagles, most visible in the winter but a few hang around in the summer.

The best way to see them is to check into the Big Bear Discovery Center on the northeast end of the lake. From the center you can join a canoe or kayaking tour of the lake. The eagles usually nest in the tallest trees closest to the water. The juveniles look like Golden Eagles, covered with brown feathers. But there is no confusing them with any other bird when you see an adult eagle, sailing on a wind current.

For more information, call 909-866-3437.

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