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HOPPER MOUNTAIN NWRC: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Connects Families with Nature at Nature Fest in Frazier Park

Region 8, September 17, 2011
Martin Fletcher, a volunteer with the Friends of California Condors, compares his wingspan with a California condor at the Frazier Park Nature Fest.
Martin Fletcher, a volunteer with the Friends of California Condors, compares his wingspan with a California condor at the Frazier Park Nature Fest. - Photo Credit: n/a
The Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex/California Condor Recovery Program and Friends of California Condors ready their booths for the families attending Nature Fest in Frazier Park, CA.
The Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex/California Condor Recovery Program and Friends of California Condors ready their booths for the families attending Nature Fest in Frazier Park, CA. - Photo Credit: n/a

By Michael Woodbridge, USFWS

Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex (HMNWRC), along with a couple members of the non-profit Friends of California Condors, hosted a booth at Frazier Park’s Nature Fest, Saturday, September 17.

Nature Fest, sponsored by the Condor Group of the Sierra Club, is a day filled with activities designed to encourage an appreciation of the natural world. This year’s Nature Fest theme was Condors, Cones and Choices, with lots of information on endangered California condors, different varieties of pine cones, and conservation choices of today. The event took place from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with approximately 100 children and parents attending.

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s booth included a number of activities for the kids. Older children had the opportunity to learn about telemetry technology and how staff working on the California Condor Recovery Program use this equipment to track condors in the wild. Younger children learned about the biology of condors and were able to take home condor stickers. There were also opportunities for children and parents alike to see condor bones and feathers and look at pictures of California condors, including a life-size condor banner where people can measure their own wingspan to that of a condor.

Other booths at Nature Fest were hosted by federal agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, local government entities and museums, and non-profit conservation organizations. A field trip to the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge was planned for Nature Fest attendees the following day.

Frazier Park is a small community located in “condor country” 30 miles southeast of the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Contact Info: Michael Woodbridge, 916-978-4445, michael_woodbridge@fws.gov