Bald eagle spotting

Bald Eagles in Big Bear Lake

Posted: 02/15/21

Stay up to date on Jackie & Shadow, Big Bear's celebrity eagle couple!

Catch Jackie & Shadow on the LIVE Eagle Cam

Unfortunately, the 2021 clutches of eggs did not hatch for Jackie & Shadow. We've got our fingers crossed for a successful hatching next season.

Live Eagle Cam

Grays Peak Forest Order

Bald eagles are known to abandon nests, eggs and young when feeling threatened by human activities. A map of the closure can be seen here.

San Bernardino National Forest officials have closed an area around a bald eagle nest in Fawnskin, Calif., on the northwest side of Big Bear Lake. The annual closure includes the lower end of the Grays Peak Trail, Grout Bay Picnic Area and Big Bear Yellow Post Site #1 (see map for all the details). Two adult eagles, locally known as Jackie and Shadow, have been working on the nest in recent weeks, bringing in sticks and other building materials. Such behavior is observed prior to actively nesting. The closure helps protect the nesting site and maintain natural bald eagle behavior. The species is sensitive to human interference and may abandon nesting activities, including eggs and offspring, if feeling threatened. The area is also used by other bald eagles in the area for foraging and roosting. No entry into the area will be allowed, including for snow play activities. People interested in seeing nesting activities, however, can tune into a live webcam feed provided by the Friends of the Big Bear Valley. The feed can be viewed on their website and YouTube. San Bernardino National Forest

History of Bald Eagles in Big Bear

According to Friends of Big Bear Valley, the eagles’ nest has been in active use since the fall of 2013. The surrounding area is annually closed to the public from nesting to fledging to protect the eagles.

In 2012, the first bald eagle chick (at least the first in recorded history) hatched in Big Bear Valley. She was successfully raised to fledge. Since then, about a dozen eggs have been laid with just a fraction of them hatching and growing to maturity. Roughly 50% of eaglets survive to adulthood, making protection of their nesting habitat that much more important.

And what about that neat camera capturing all the excitement? The Eagle Cam was first installed in the fall of 2015 and recorded its first eagle nesting season in 2017.

To learn more about the history of the Eagle Cam and its impact of the nesting eagles, visit the Friends of Big Bear Valley website for some FAQs.