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VENTANA WILDLIFE SOCIEY

CONDOR RELEASE PROGRAM
The Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS) celebrated 25 years as a community-based private non-profit on May 10, 2002. VWS first began by rehabilitating and releasing wildlife at a 240-acre remote field site in the Ventana Wilderness. After 5 years, VWS began reintroducing prairie and peregrine falcons from this same location. Then, in 1986, a bald eagle restoration project began since a local population of eagles was absent for 60 years. VWS successfully restored this population in only 10 years.
The Ventana Wildlife Society Research and Education Center was established in Big Sur's Andrew Molera State Park in January 1992. Inspired by the desire to reach out to the public, and with support from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, VWS expanded its programs to include environmental education, habitat restoration, steelhead trout monitoring and migratory bird research. The current projects include environmental education, California condor reintroduction, bald eagle monitoring, and song bird monitoring and research.
In September 2003, Ventana Wildlife Society completed construction of a new condor release site, in collaboration with Pinnacles National Monument and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Condors historically used this region in the 1970's and evidence of nesting exists for Pinnacles National Monument dating back to 1898. We plan to release 20 to 30 condors to this new site over the next few years. For more information regarding this project please follow our monthly field notes.
 
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