Big Sur Coast Sanctuary
Also known as the "Condor Sanctuary," this 80-acre parcel of land is located in a coastal canyon in remote Big Sur,
California surrounded by the Ventana Wilderness. This is the site where our Bald Eagle reintroduction program took place and is the current home of the California Condor recovery program being led by Ventana Wildlife Society. The property was purchased in 2011 from Sal and Ada Lucido, with funds provided by the Hind Foundation and William R. Hearst, III, as well as Linda Stevens, Paula Norwood, Robert Stephens, Joyce Harris and Julian and Helga Sands.
Lake Nacimiento Wildlife Sanctuary
This 80-acre parcel of land is located in northern San Luis Obispo County on the south side of Lake Nacimiento. In 1995, a Bald Eagle pair began nesting at the sanctuary, becoming one of the first in the recovered central California population to breed. We purchased the property in 2006 to protect nesting eagles, thanks to Bill and Sally Irving, who generously donated the majority of the land's value as a gift, and Cal and Letty French, who provided the funding to cover the cash portion of the purchase.
We're proud to protect these two properties as sanctuaries for condors, eagles, and other native wildlife. They are not open to the general public, except by special invitation or member events.