Santa Barbara-based retired biologist, Kate Symonds, currently combines her passion for the natural world and astonishment that useful things go to the landfill by creating whimsical earrings from bicycle inner tubes. She rescues the inner tubes from bike repair shop waste bins, cleans them, and cuts them into shapes, and hand-paints them into various nature themes, including California condors. Kate fondly remembers seeing her first California condors, which were the last of the wild-born condors, before captive breeding, on a Cal Poly ornithology field trip to Mt. Pinos in the early 1980s. It was the highlight of college. Kate has vicariously followed the successes and setbacks of the California condor recovery effort and knows every single condor is precious, a testament to the massive effort of organizations like the Ventana Wildlife Society and other collaborators.