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Condor Wilderness Camp
This program is for 13-18 year olds interested in learning what it takes to be a wildlife field biologist working with endangered species. This is an intense field experience and is not for the faint of heart!
Over three days, teens will:
Since 1977 Ventana Wildlife Society has been involved with conservation ecology and species recovery. Having successfully restored the Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle in our earlier days, we continue to restore the California Condor through our rearing and reintroduction efforts in Central California. We currently assists in managing over 60 California Condors in the wild, with a goal of seeing 150 free-flying birds including 15 breeding pairs in central California.
In summer 2007 we piloted our Condor Wilderness Camp for teens, taking small groups students to our remote condor sanctuary and base camp in Big Sur. The program gives youth a unique chance to take an active role in our Condor Reintroduction Program and experience what it is like to be a field wildlife biologist. We believe that education at all levels is the foundation of any recovery effort, and that building passion for the environment is the first step toward building strong leadership and stewardship.
What to Expect
Supplemental Feeding Activity
The Condors Themselves
Condor Rearing and Release Facility (Base Camp)
There is a small cabin that our field biologists use. We will set up tents in the yard area. We will have access to a flush toilet and running water for drinking and dishes only. Water for base camp as well as the condors comes from a small pristine spring, and is a precious commodity. Rattle snakes and scorpions can be quite common in the mountains of Big Sur. We will provide tents for sleeping outside, and close toed shoes must be worn at all times.
Base camp is a very special place. As much as possible, low voices should be used in order to not disturb condors and other wildlife. During the day, hummingbirds dart about the feeder hanging from the front porch. Our resident rattle snake is very laid back and non-confrontational - if it comes out of hiding, consider yourself lucky! Golden and Bald Eagles have been seen here as well as many other bird species. Madrone and oak trees provide shade on hot days, and help camouflage the cabin and yard area. As the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, condors fly in to roost and compete with each other for the prime perches on the pines. Bats can be seen zipping after insects and often more than one screech owl can be heard. On clear nights, the stars seem to go on forever. We look forward to sharing this beautiful and remote area of Big Sur with you!
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