News Release

For Release: January 8,  2007                                                                          
Contact: Larry Ames (707) 468-4000 or Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332

BLM Offers Free, Guided Bald Eagle Viewing Hikes

Opportunities to see America’s national symbol, the bald eagle, are available this winter in a series of free guided hikes offered by the Bureau of Land management.
BLM natural resource specialists will lead the outings in the Cache Creek Natural Area in Lake County on Saturdays, Jan. 20 and 27, and Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Reservations can be made by calling the BLM’s Ukiah Field Office at (707) 468-4000. Organizers advise early reservations because the hikes are popular and limited to 25 participants each. Hikes will be cancelled in rainy weather.
The four-mile hikes last three to four hours. The trail includes a steep, 600-foot climb in the first mile, so hikers should be in good physical condition. Participants should wear sturdy hiking boots suitable for wet weather and dress for cold conditions. They should carry water and a lunch. Binoculars are helpful because most eagle sightings are at a distance.
Hikers will enjoy scenic vistas of the Cache Creek Canyon, where wintering eagles often soar over the creek or perch in streamside trees. Participants will often spot other wildlife including tule elk, golden eagles, osprey, herons, red-tailed hawks and egrets.
Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the Redbud Trailhead parking area, eight miles east of Clearlake Oaks on Highway 20. The trailhead is just west of the North Fork Cache Creek bridge.
Additional information is available from the BLM Ukiah Field office.

Ukiah Field Office  -  2550 North State Street  -  Ukiah, CA 95482