Joyfully Connecting Our Community with the Wonder of the Refuge
Northern California Condor Restoration Program: Cultural and Ecological Revitalization in the Pacific Northwest
With Chris West and Tiana Williams-Claussen from the Yurok Tribe, Joseph Brandt, of USFWS and Kelli Walker from the Oregon Zoo Condor Recovery Program
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Chris West and Tina Williams- Claussen will talk about California condor biology, decline, and efforts to recover the species from near- extinction. They will also discuss the significance of condors to the history and peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Finally, when we might see condors in Oregon, and what this work means for the overall recovery of this iconic species and the region.
Kelli Walker will talk about the work being done at the Oregon Zoo Condor Recovery Program where she is the lead condor keeper.
We invite you to screen the movie, The Condor's Shadow on Vimeo for free between now and May 15th.
Chris completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He began working with California condors as an intern with the Ventana Wildlife Society in 1999. His passion for condors led him to his Masters research related to condor behavior at Humboldt State University, investigating how sociality, feeding environment, and rearing methods in captive breeding programs influence condor predation risk while feeding at carcasses after reintroduction. He began working for the Yurok Tribe, investigating the possibility of reintroducing condors to the Klamath Basin, in 2008. Chris is now the Yurok Tribe’s Condor Restoration Program Manager, heading up condor reintroduction efforts and overseeing community outreach.