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California Condor, Photo By Mary Freeman

Saturday, October 27
Condors at Hopper Mountain NWR

A Refuge Biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service will be leading this trip to likely viewing ridges for the California Condor at Hopper NWR. We should get good looks at California Condors and possibly Golden Eagles. We will be given an overview of the program, shown how radio telemetry and GPS tracking units are helping to save the bird, told about the past and future of the Condor, and shown nest cam footage. All 73 condors in the California wild population visit this area now and again. The rough terrain around Hopper Mountain is the nesting hot spot for condors, and this is the time that young birds may be fledging! Bring drinks, snacks, and FRS radio and a scope if you have them. No fee, but donations accepted to the Condor Survival Fund (or buy a cool T-shirt or hat). We will return to Fillmore by 1:00 p.m. or so. Nick & Mary will have lunch in Fillmore, if you wish to join. Some of us usually eat lunch in town afterwards.

Take Interstate 5 North to SR 126 West (in Castaic Junction) to Fillmore. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in Fillmore at the Starbucks in the Vons plaza, located at 650 W Ventura St., in the SE corner of W Ventura St. and A Street. We will carpool from here into our high clearance vehicles and the USFWS vehicle. High clearance vehicles are required, so bring one if you have one, and check the spare. These roads are not for the timid! 5 car limit.

Reserve your place with LAAS by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: (323) 876-0202, stating • Cell phone number, • each participant's email address, • whether you will arrive in a high clearance vehicle that can accommodate at least 4 people total (priority), or will you transfer into another HCV and carpool with someone else? (We will carpool from the meet location into our high clearance vehicles and the USFWS vehicle.)
Wait for email confirmation. (Susan will send confirmations by Friday Oct. 19, 2018.)