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HOPPER MOUNTAIN NWRC: Refuge Week Hikers at Bitter Creek Rewarded with Aerial Condor Show
California-Nevada Offices , October 16, 2010
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Refuge Week hikers watch adult and juvenile condors soar overhead at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS, 2010).
Refuge Week hikers watch adult and juvenile condors soar overhead at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS, 2010). - Photo Credit: n/a
Michael Woodbridge, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex public affairs officer, leads hikers along the path at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. (USFWS)
Michael Woodbridge, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex public affairs officer, leads hikers along the path at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. (USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a

In celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC) staff provided an opportunity for the public to participate in a hike at the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge.  The hike provided a unique opportunity for visitors, since the Refuge is normally closed to public use.  Twenty visitors participated in the Second Annual Refuge Week Hike.

The hike included interpretation about the refuge by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and two volunteer botanists that have conducted surveys there.  In addition to California condors and local plants, participants learned how Bitter Creek Refuge fits into the larger conservation landscape in the foothill ring of the southern San Joaquin Valley.  The hike followed a dirt path from the refuge boundary down to the edge of Bitter Creek Canyon.  A few minutes after the group reached a small hilltop at the edge of Bitter Creek Canyon, they were treated to a 15-minute show of adult and juvenile condors soaring overhead.

Participants included bird enthusiasts and members of the Friends of California Condors Wild and Free, who helped host the hike and provided extra water and snack.  Leading the hike were public affairs officer Michael Woodbridge and STEP office automation clerk Ivett Plascencia.  All the participants left Bitter Creek with fond memories of condors, fantastic pictures, and a deeper knowledge of how national wildlife refuges contribute to wildlife conservation.


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



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