Two New Bald Eagle Chicks In Big Bear Valley

On March 6 the world watched as Jackie, the female of Big Bear Valley’s only nesting bald eagle pair, laid her first egg of the season. Her second egg came on March 9. After watching her and her mate, Shadow, take turns incubating the eggs for just over 5 weeks, Friends of Big Bear Valley had the thrill of watching those eggs hatch. The first chick poked a hole through the shell, a process known as pipping, on Friday night, April 12. It took more than a full day for the chick to fully emerge on Sunday morning. The second chick hatched on Monday, and was in full view by the afternoon. Both chicks look healthy and are taking bits of food from Jackie. This nest is located on the San Bernardino National Forest near Fawnskin and has a live stream video camera, installed and operated by Friends of Big Bear Valley, that provides 24/7 worldwide viewing of this active bald eagle family:            Now these adorable chicks need names. So, Friends of Big Bear Valley is hosting a “Name the Bald Eagles Chicks” contest. Everyone is invited to submit suggestions for names. Submissions will only be accepted through 12 noon Pacific time this Sunday, April 21. The small fee requested with name submissions goes to support the live stream camera system allowing us all to watch the nesting family. You can submit one name for $10, two names for $15, five names for $30 or ten names for $50.
To select the contest winners, Friends of Big Bear Valley will randomly draw 25 submitted names. Then the third grade classes of Big Bear Valley will vote to select the two winning chick names. In the past, the 3rd graders have come up with the names, but this year. Friends of Big Bear Valley are including suggestions from the public so everyone can be included in the process. Prizes will be given for the two winning names and for the 25 drawn submissions. See the Friends of Big Bear Valley website for more details and to enter.

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