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Posted 4/7/2014

Release no. 14-014

Robert Kidd

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With the seasonal return of a pair of nesting bald eagles, park officials have temporarily closed access to a popular trail at Eastman Lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park near Raymond.

Lakeview Trail will be closed through July 31 to protect the nesting eagles.

Bald eagles began nesting at Eastman Lake in 1993. Since then, more than 40 eagles have fledged from nests at this Corps facility, making it one of the most productive bald eagles sites in California.

Nesting eagles are sensitive to human activity. Disturbances caused by recreational use of the nearby trail could lead to the adult eagles abandoning the nest or young eagles flushing the nest before they are fully able to fly.

We apologize for any inconvenience the closure will have on our visitors. The public can assist in the survival of these birds by complying with the closure.

Bald eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Lacey Act, and are listed as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. The Corps is committed to the protection of endangered and threatened species, and manages its lands to promote the survival of these species.

Closure signs are posted at the Raymond Bridge and Codorniz Recreation Area trailheads. 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.

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