Hikers invited to spy out Lake County's bald eagles

Published: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 - 8:56 am

The federal Bureau of Land Management is offering free guided hikes to look for wintering bald eagles in the Cache Creek Natural Area in Lake County.

The first hike is Saturday. Others are planned for Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23. All begin at 10 a.m.

The hikes are limited to 25 people each. Reservations may be made by calling the BLM Ukiah Field Office, (707) 468-4000.

Hikes will be canceled in rainy weather.

Participants will meet at the Redbud Trailhead parking area, eight miles east of Clearlake Oaks on Highway 20. 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, according to a BLM news release.

Participants are advised to wear hiking boots suitable for wet conditions and to dress for cold weather. They should carry water, a lunch and binoculars.

The hikes offer vistas of Cache Creek Canyon, where eagles often perch in streamside trees, officials said. Other wild animals, including tule elk, golden eagles, ospreys, herons, red-tailed hawks and egrets can often be spotted in the area.

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