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

“We are very excited to see bald eagles continuing to successfully reside and raise young in this part of the forest,” said Marc Stamer, district ranger for the Mountaintop Ranger District. “But that success is shared by the public who continue to adhere to an area closure around the nest.”

Bald eagles are known to abandon nests, eggs and young when feeling threatened by human activities. A forest order is currently in place forbidding recreation in the nesting zone. A map of the closure can be seen here.

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.