Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle. Adrian Pingstone/Wiki Commons

Ten adult bald eagles and three juvenile bald eagles were spotted at six Inland Empire lakes during the second of four counts aimed at assessing how many of the birds migrated to Southern California during the winter in search of prey, U.S. Forest Service officials said Sunday.

Two adult eagles and two juvenile eagles were seen at Lake Silverwood, two adult eagles were spotted at Lake Arrowhead, two at Lake Hemet, one at Lake Perris and two adults and one juvenile were seen at Big Bear Lake during the census on Saturday.

More than 100 biologists, Forest Service staff and volunteers visited lakes to perform the count.

Bald Eagles typically migrate south during the winter months because prey animals like fish and ducks become unavailable when lakes in colder climates freeze over, officials said.

USFS officials are seeking volunteers for the two remaining counts of the winter, one on Feb. 14 and the other March 14.

No experience is necessary and there is no need to sign up ahead of time.

Those seeking more information about the Feb. 14 count at Lake Hemet can contact Heidi Hoggan at or (909) 382-2945.

Those interested in the count at Lake Perris State Recreation Area can contact the office at (951) 940-5600.

For Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, contact Kathy Williams or Mark Wright at or (760) 389-2303.

For the counts at Lake Arrowhead, Lake Gregory and Big Bear Lake, contact Rari Marks at or (909) 382-2600, extension 4022.

— City News Service

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