News Release

For Release:  Dec. 31, 2007       
Contact: Larry Ames (707) 468-4000 or Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
CA-N-08-14

BLM Offering Free, Guided Bald Eagle Hikes at Cache Creek Natural Area

Nature lovers who want to see bald eagles in their winter habitat can join staff from the Bureau of Land Management on a free, guided hike into the Cache Creek Natural Area.
 
Hikes will be offered on Saturdays, Jan. 19 and 26, and Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23.  An additional hike will be offered Sunday, Feb. 10.
 
Participants should reserve space on a specific date by calling the BLM Ukiah Field Office, (707) 468-4000.  The BLM recommends early reservations because the popular hikes are limited to 25 participants each.
 
The four-mile hikes last three to four hours.  The trail includes a 600-foot climb in the first mile, so hikers should be in good physical condition.  They should wear sturdy hiking boots suitable for wet trails, dress for cold, and bring a lunch and water.  Binoculars are helpful because most eagle sightings are from a distance.
 
Hikes will be cancelled in rainy weather.
 
Participants will experience scenic vistas of the Cache Creek Canyon, where eagles often soar over the creek or perch in streamside trees.  Hikers are likely to see other wildlife including tule elk, golden eagles, osprey, herons, red-tailed hawks and egrets.
 
Each hike begins at 10 a.m. at the BLM’s Redbud Trailhead, eight miles east of Clearlake Oaks on Highway 20.  The trailhead, marked by a sign, is just west of the North Fork Cache Creek bridge.

-BLM-

Ukiah Field Office     2550 North State Street     Ukiah, CA  95842