MCAS Virtual Community Program - FEB 21st - The Decline and Not So Certain Recovery of the California Condor: A Tale of Three Heroes


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DATE:  Monday, February 21, 2022

TIME:  7:00-8:30PM

TOPIC:   The Decline and Not So Certain Recovery of the California Condor: A Tale of Three Heroes

PRESENTER:  Bill Toone

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Description:  This program is a summary of the political and biological drama of the early years of the recovery program, from the late 1970s up until the first releases of the California condor back into the wild. The story is told through Bill’s eyes and experiences, but it is a tale of three personal and professional heroes who he believes have made it possible for these majestic birds to once again fly in our skies.

Photo by Sunni Black

:  Bill Toone is an internationally recognized conservation biologist. He helped to develop some of the techniques that led to the highly publicized and groundbreaking recovery of the California condor. This work created an international reputation that led to in-situ conservation work in 30 countries over the last 4 decades. 

He has led biological transects and expeditions through the rainforests of Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, and many other remote areas – most of these in collaboration with his wife Sunni.

Bill has appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, worked on wildlife films with Olivia Newton-John, was featured in the PBS documentary The Real Jurassic Park and appeared on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and founder of the ECOLIFE Conservation, a unique conservation/humanitarian non-profit.

Bill and his wife Sunni live in Escondido, California, where they enjoy gardening, woodworking, and their pets.

Questions? Email MCAS Programs Chair, Wendy McKeown at

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Meeting ID: 850 0306 3314