Take a van field trip in the heart of ‘Condor Country' to Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, in the foothills bordering the southern San Joaquin Valley. Participants will bird-watch, identify native plants, study the local geology -including following the trace of the San Andreas Fault - and assist with the monitoring of condor flight movements by radio telemetry. The endangered California Condor, with a 9-foot wingspan, is North America's largest land bird. Discuss condor biology and the California Condor Recovery Program, including captive breeding, reintroduction back to the wild, and an update on recent condor nesting activities. Visual sightings of condors in flight are a likely possibility. Bring binoculars (and spotting scopes recommended), birding field guides, water, lunch and snacks, and dress warm in layers.
Van transportation provided to Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge (by way of Hwy. 166 to the refuge, returning through the Carrizo Plain on Soda Lake Rd. and Hwy. 58). A $2 parking permit is required to leave your vehicle on campus during the field trip.
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This outdoor class is weather permitting. Dress in warm layers.
WEATHER POLICy: If a class is canceled due to safety or weather issues, students will be notified by Cuesta Community Program. The class will be rescheduled or full refunds will be given. If the class or program is on the weekend, the instructor will make the decision and contact all registered students.
Photo: ©U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service