Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Community Program - Joe Burnett of VWS - Sept. 15th

MCAS will be hosting a program about the status of the endangered California Condor in Central California at 7:00 PM, Monday, September 15, at the SLO Botanical Garden's Oak Glen Pavilion (map).

The program will begin with Cal Poly summer interns Elizabeth Saldo and Summer Schlagete sharing the research that they and four other Cal Poly students conducted regarding the small mammals of the area, during a ten-week period at Hi Mountain Lookout in the Los Padres National Forest. The students collected vegetation data with the small mammal data at each location that was studied and also used radio telemetry to track local condor movement. The research was conducted as part of a long-term monitoring project of local wildlife.

The main speaker of the night, Joe Burnett, Lead Biologist for Ventana Wildlife Society's California Condor Recovery Program in Big Sur, CA, will present about the current status of the condor in Central California. The presentation will also feature an in- depth look at the bird's history, including the difficulties of releases into the wild, foraging and nesting, the survival threats the condor has faced, and the outlook of a full recovery.

All ages are welcome to the free MCAS Community Programs. Refreshments will be provided, please bring your own mug.