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HOPPER MTN NWRC: New Refuge Friends Group Hosts Community Condor Presentation
California-Nevada Offices , March 28, 2009
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by Michael Woodbridge, Hopper Mountain NWRC
On March 28, 2009, the Friends of California Condors Wild and Free, a recently established refuge Friends group for the California Condor Recovery Program (Recovery Program), hosted a community event to raise awareness and knowledge of condors.  With the help of Santa Barbara Zoo staff and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), approximately 70 people attended the event to hear about the current status of condors and the Recovery Program. 

There were several informational booths to greet attendees covering topics such as condor biology and lead and microtrash threats, as well as a great Friends t-shirt booth.  The event produced some new members and donations for the growing Friends organization and many attendees signed up to receive updates on future events.

The speakers delivered informative speeches on the recovery efforts and biology of California condors.  After a welcome and introduction by Friends president and FWS volunteer, Vince Gerwe, an overall background on the National Wildlife Refuge System was given by Michael Woodbridge, Public Affairs Officer for the Hopper Mountain NWRC.  Then, the featured speaker of the day, Jesse Grantham, the Condor Coordinator for the Recovery Program, gave a thorough and inspirational background of condor history and what has been accomplished so far to increase the population.  As a bonus, a Friends member handed over a surprise video of historic condor footage to treat the audience!  It was a great ending to an exciting day of California condor information.  The Friends of California Condors Wild and Free deemed the event a success and look forward to hosting more events in the future.

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



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