FR26 Friday Night Lectures | 2023 | FREE
Time - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Trip Leader(s): Tiana Williams-Claussen & Chris West
“California Condor Recovery in Northern California: Prey-go-neesh Flies Free”
After a 14-year journey, the Yurok Tribe — in partnership with Redwood National and State Parks, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and many others — has successfully brought Prey-go-neesh (California condor) home to the Pacific Northwest. This restores a critical member of our ecological community, promotes reconnection to this amazing species, and cultural revitalization for the tribal people who have long lived in relationship with him. Tiana Williams-Claussen, director of the Yurok Tribe Wildlife Department, and Chris West, the Northern California Condor Restoration Program Manager, will provide a brief introduction to the incredible Prey-go-neesh and discuss the traditional paradigm guiding the Yurok Tribe’s efforts to bring the birds home to northern California and the Pacific Northwest. They will discuss the management approach the Tribe is taking for reintegrating condor into the region, and provide an update on how the newly released population is doing, flying free in Northern California once again.
Prior to the main lecture, attendees will hear short presentations from two local nonprofit organizations that have been involved with Godwit Days for many years: Friends of the Arcata Marsh and Redwood Region Audubon Society. FOAM’s speaker will be that group’s president, Elliott Dabill, while Andrew Orahoske, RRAS secretary, will enlighten us about activities by that organization.
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