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Posted 2/17/2012

Release no. 12-003

Visitor Center, Eastman Lake

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Lakeview Trail at Eastman Lake near Madera will be temporarily closed immediately through July 31, 2012 to protect nesting bald eagles. Park rangers have posted closure signs on the trail at the Codorniz Recreation Area and Raymond Bridge trailheads.

Bald eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Corps is committed to the preservation of endangered species to aid in the successful survival of species for future generations.

The pair is recognized to have one of the most consistently productive nests in California. Since 1993, these resident bald eagles have produced 42 young, 37 of which have successfully survived to take flight.

The eagles will be fledging their young this summer. Due to the popularity of the trail, this may cause temporary inconveniences to park visitors. Bald eagles are sensitive to human activity and if they are disturbed, it could result in nest abandonment or their young offspring attempting to fly prior to fledging.

“We are so proud to have played a part in helping these bald eagles thrive,” said Eastman park manager Jerry Magnuson. “We regret any inconvenience the trail closure may cause, and we appreciate our visitors’ cooperation in helping this threatened species recover.”

For more information regarding the Lakeview Trail closure at Eastman Lake, please call 559-689-3255. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.