On Wednesday afternoon, Jackie, the female of the Big Bear nesting pair of bald eagles, laid her first egg of the 2020 season. Jackie laid her second egg on Saturday!
According to San Bernardino National Forest, now that the second egg is laid, true incubation will begin. This period lasts about 35 days from the time the second egg is laid. Jackie and her mate, Shadow, will be vigilant about keeping the eggs warm and protected during that entire period.
Shadow will be around to bring Jackie meals and provide breaks. San Bernardino NF says they are looking for the first chick to hatch sometime around Valentine’s Day.
As we all eagerly anticipate the egg to hatch, check-in on how the eagle family is doing with the live Big Bear Bald Eagle Cam courtesy of Friends of Big Bear Valley.
The live feed will stay up during the incubation period up until the hatchings. Check the live cam for updates on how the eagles are doing!
The eagles' nest is about 120 feet high, very near the top of this Jeffrey pine tree, according to Friends of Big Bear Valley. Officials want to remind visitors that an eagle closure is in effect on the northwest side of Big Bear Lake.
Click here to learn more about the history of eagles in Big Bear and a FAQ section.