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					                                                                       COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT
                                                         610 Mission Canyon Road • Santa Barbara, CA 93105
                                                                       (805) 568-2461 • FAX (805) 568-2459

                                                             PRESS RELEASE
News Media Contact:
William Boyer                                                  PARKS No. 08–Cachuma-01
Communications Director
(805) 568-3400                                                 November 7, 2008
wboyer@co.santa-barbara.ca.us                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Liz Mason Gaspar (805) 688-4515

   It’s Eagle Season at Cachuma Lake and The Eagles Have Landed
       At Cachuma Lake fall is in the air and so are the Bald Eagles. Fall is a season of
migration for wildlife, and many species of raptors, ducks, and diving birds are arriving at the
lake via the Pacific Flyway. This migration route extends from Canada and Alaska to as far
south as Baja California. Additionally, American White Pelicans and Common Loons migrate to
the lake from the north and east.
       Cachuma Lake is home to one pair of adult Bald Eagles and hosts many migratory Bald
Eagles each winter. During “Eagle Season” from November through February, eagles are
frequently seen flying overhead, on the shore, and perched on branches overlooking the lake.
       “For many of our visitors, seeing an eagle soaring overhead is a once-in-a-lifetime
experience,” remarked Mitch Medeiros, Park Manager. “It’s especially memorable for kids from
Santa Barbara County who see an eagle here for the first time in their lives at Cachuma Lake.”
       The bays and mud flats are already filling with Mallards, Eared Grebes, Ruddy Ducks,
Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, and Wood Ducks. Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, and Snowy
Egrets stalk the shoreline. Red-tailed Hawks scour the hills for prey and Ospreys soar over the
lake with trout in their talons as Bald Eagles spy on them from their oak perches.
       All of this and more can be seen from aboard the Osprey, Cachuma Lake’s 46-foot
Pontoon tour boat. The boat is equipped with padded swivel seats, a partially covered deck,
viewing platforms and wheelchair access. Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists guide 2-hour
Eagle Cruises November through February, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
and also Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and
can be made by calling (805) 686-5050 on weekdays and (805) 686-5055 Saturdays and
       Cruise fees are $15 for adults and $7 for kids ages 4-12 (please, no children under 4).
Park entry is $8 per vehicle. Take Hwy 101 to Hwy 154 to reach Cachuma Lake, just 20 minutes
inland from Santa Barbara or Solvang, in the Santa Ynez Valley.