Thursday, July 17, 2008


Hello, Folks,

I wanted to pass on the latest update on the status of the CALIFORNIA CONDORS! Keeping my fingers crossed for that third chick. 

Funds are needed to rebuild pens that were destroyed in the fires. If you have any spare change whatsoever, please donate.

Here's the report: 


Last week, we reported to you that both of our field pens for the condors at the Condor Sanctuary were destroyed by the fire but we were unsure about the chicks in wild nests.

Well...two of the three condor chicks in Big Sur definitely survived!  The third nest is not yet accessible and we won't know for some time if this chick survived.  I wanted to give you the great news right away.  Joe Burnett, Senior Wildlife Biologist and his team visited one of these nests yesterday and took this photo of the precious little "bundle of joy".

Here is what he had to say upon his return,
"Nest entry went great this morning, the Partington chick was fat and happy
in the cave. Mom and Dad have been keeping this chick full of food despite
the disruption of the fire, pretty resilient birds.  Dad came back while
we were in the nest and we had to cut the entry short, he was being his
usual aggressive self."


Our condor exhibit - Bringing the Condors Home - visits the California Museum for History, Women & the Arts in Sacramento from July 15 to September 14, 2008.

The California Museum for History, Women & the Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 12pm - 5pm.  Please note last admittance is at 4:30pm.  Admission to the museum is $7.50 for adults, $6.00 for seniors (60 and over), $5.00 for youth (age 6-13) and free for age 5 and under.

The museum is located at 1020 O Street, Sacramento, in the California State Archives building.  For directions, please visit their website at

On August 2, 2008 at 1pm, Award-winning science writer John Moir, author of Return of the Condor: The Race To Save Our Largest Bird From Extinction will tell the riveting story of the condor's dramatic rescue from the brink of extinction with rare photographs and accounts of new developments at the museum. Visitors will learn how a remarkable team of scientists carried out a bold plan to save the species using non-traditional methods. Moir will also speak about the link between the condor's plight and the pressing need to conserve biodiversity across the planet. Moir will sign his book, which is available in the Museum Store.

For more information about Ventana Wildlife Society please go to

Condors forever,

Debra Shearwater
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024

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