After 40 years, the annual Bald Eagle Count at the San Bernardino National Forest is ending — but forest officials say the announcement is a happy one.

The bald eagle population has been steady for the last 12 years, and the count is no longer needed.

Bald eagles were taken off the endangered species list nationally in 2007.

Since then, the San Bernardino National Forest has had a population of 13 to 15 eagles. That’s the maximum number the area can support, according to Zach Behrens, a Public Affairs Officer with the San Bernardino National Forest and the onetime editor of LAist.

He says both the Silverwood and Lake Perris recreation areas will continue organizing eagle watching events and winter is the best time to see local and migrating eagles.

“You want to see them when they’re around the lake and hunting,” he tells LAist. “If you get some good patches of ice, it’s a really great opportunity to see the eagles resting on the lake.”



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