Wednesday, September 14, 2016

15th Annual Open House/Campout Event - Sat, Oct 1st 2016



Please RSVP if you are planning to attend the event and the number of people in your group by contacting Steve Schubert at s_schub1@msn.com or phone # (805) 440-9390

Bring your own lunch 11:00a.m to noon. The open house event at Hi Mountain Lookout formally begins at 12 noon, with introductions, condor program updates, lookout tours, and guided field trips. In the evening there will be a potluck dinner, evening program presentations, star gazing, and an optional overnight campout.

Visitors will find parking available close to the lookout throughout the day. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation. Note: high clearance vehicles such as trucks and vehicles with 4-wheel drive are highly recommended for the unpaved 6 mile drive from Pozo to Hi Mountain – there are stretches of rough road conditions along the way!

Schedule of open house activities at Hi Mountain Lookout

Morning activity:
Bird watching field trip – 10:00am -11:00am  
Hi Mountain Lookout (elev. 3,199 ft.), Santa Lucia Mountains, Los Padres National Forest   Meet 10:00 am at Hi Mountain Lookout. Emphasis will be on identification of resident and migrant songbirds and raptors in flight, and birding by ear (what’s that sound?).  Habitats: oak woodland & chaparral   Field trip leader: Steve Schubert, Morro Coast Audubon Society   Easy walking conditions, about ½ mile along the lookout road. 
Kids’ activities - 11:00am to 2pm, ongoing 
-making plaster-of-paris animal tracks; condor biology, and radio tracking demonstrations


Picnic lunch   11:00am -12:00pm   (bring your own lunch)   
-tour the Hi Mountain Lookout facilities and Interpretive Center
- sign the guest register


Welcoming comments   12:00pm

Introductions of Hi Mountain Lookout staff, volunteers, and college student interns
by Steve Schubert, Volunteer Coordinator, Hi Mountain Lookout Project & Dr. Francis Villablanca, Professor, Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department

Morning birding field trip report by trip leader
by Steve Schubert

Updates on the California Condor Recovery Program
by Condor staff 

Condor radio tracking demonstration
by Hi Mountain Lookout volunteers and staff   Note: Those interested in becoming volunteers for the lookout project are encouraged to meet with our staff to arrange future training for condor radiotelemetry, facilities use, and scheduling


Auction of donated items and merchandise sales   1:00pm 
Lookout Project fundraising conducted by Carolina Van Stone, Hi Mtn. Lookout Project Volunteer


Afternoon activities and field trips:

1:30pm  
Geographical landmarks - a 360 degree view from the Pacific Coast to the Sierra Nevada - and demonstration of the original Hi Mountain Lookout firefinder
Led by Kevin Cooper, Zone Wildlife Biologist, Los Padres National Forest


2:15 pm  
Native plant identification and geology walk along the crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains, along Hi Mountain Lookout Road
Led by Dr. Dirk Walters and Dr. David Chipping, Professors Emeritus, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and San Luis Obispo Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
Potluck dinner and sunset watch   5:00 – 7:00pm  Wine serving compliments of Nancy and Bill Greenough, owners Saucelito Canyon Vineyard & Winery

Gas stove and oven in the lookout facilities are available for cooking and heating food.
Participants are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share with their friends and guests.
Partake of Jim Duff’s famous pineapple upside down cake for dessert, an annual tradition!

Note: no open campfires, camping or backpacking stoves are permitted for cooking dinner or during the overnight campout.


Evening programs   beginning 7pm by the lookout deck (wear layered clothing) 

PowerPoint slide show presentations:

7:00 p.m. -7:15 p.m.
The summer internship program and biological field research projects at Hi Mountain, presented by the 2016 Cal Poly student interns

7:15 p.m. – 7:45 pm   Big Sur and Pinnacles National Park condor population update by Richard Neidhardt, Volunteer, Pinnacles Condor Fund

7:45 -8:30pm  Southern California condor population update by Vince Gerwe, Friends of California Condors Wild & Free and Estelle Sandhaus, Director of Conservation and Research, Santa Barbara Zoo

Astronomy observations
Telescopes will be set up for observations of the evening stars and constellations

Optional Hi Mountain campout
Camping sites are available Saturday night at ‘Cypress Hill’ near the lookout or at the USFS Hi Mountain Campground one mile down the road.  Bring your own potable water.  No open campfires, camping or backpacking stoves permitted – extreme fire hazard!


Visit the lookout project’s facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/condorlookout
and view the photo album of past open house events. Join is in our 15th consecutive year open house event!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

20 Year Anniversary Event - Sat, May 21st

Come and discover one of the largest and most endangered flying birds of North America. California Condors are radio tracked from Hi Mountain Lookout, flying near release sites in Big Sur and Pinnacles National Park in Central California and the Bitter Creek and Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuges in Southern California. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about condor biology and the reintroduction of these magnificent birds back to the wild.

The Hi Mountain Lookout Project was founded in 1996 and is a collaboration between Morro Coast Audubon Society, the U.S. Forest Service at Los Padres National Forest, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service California Condor Recovery Program, the Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department, Ventana Wildlife Society, and Pinnacles National Park.

Hi Mountain Lookout has been restored as a biological field research station. Tour the interpretive visitor center with condor and other local wildlife displays and an extensive library of local natural history references. Meet with our staff and community volunteers. The anniversary event will include condor radio tracking demonstrations and a guided walking stroll after lunch emphasizing native plant identification, bird watching, and local geology. Volunteers and staff will be participating in several work projects in the morning (meeting time 9a.m., optional).

The event begins at 11 a.m. Join us for a picnic lunch, followed by introductions, condor program updates, and a guided field trip near the lookout. Fund-raising Hi Mtn. Lookout Project merchandize for sale. Saturday overnight camping night near the lookout is optional (no campfires)

Visit the Hi Mountain Lookout Facebook page at www.facebook.com/condorlookout To RSVP for the event please contact Steve Schubert at e-mail address: s_schub1@msn.com

Monday, September 21, 2015

14th Annual Hi Mountain Condor Lookout Campout and Open House Event - Sat, Oct 10, 2015

Come and discover one of the largest and most endangered flying birds of North America!

California Condors are radio tracked from Hi Mountain Lookout, flying near release sites in Big Sur and Pinnacles National Park in Central California and Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, the Sespe Condor Sanctuary, and Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Southern California. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about condor biology and the reintroduction of these magnificent birds back to the wild. The Hi Mountain Lookout Project is a collaboration between Morro Coast Audubon Society, U.S. Forest Service at Los Padres National Forest, U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service California Condor Recovery Program, Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department, Ventana Wildlife Society, and Pinnacles National Park.

Hi Mountain Lookout has been restored as a biological field research station and visitor center. Tour the interpretive visitor center with condor and other local wildlife displays and an extensive library of local natural history references. Meet with our staff, college interns and community volunteers. Cal Poly student interns will discuss their ongoing field research projects in the Hi Mountain area, including small mammal live trapping, bird surveys, and vegetation analysis.

The open house event will include condor radio tracking demonstrations, native plant identification, bird watching, and a local geology walking stroll. Volunteers and staff will be participating in several work projects throughout the day. Join us for a picnic lunch at noon. Overnight camping is optional.

For driving directions and other information go to www.condorlookout.org

Visit the Hi Mountain Lookout Facebook page at www.facebook.com/himountain To RSVP for the event please contact Steve Schubert at # (805) 528-6138 or e-mail at s_schub1@msn.com

Sunday, September 7, 2014

13th Annual Open House/Campout Event Schedule - Oct. 11, 2014

Please RSVP if you are planning to attend the event and the number of people in your group by contacting Steve Schubert at s_schub1@msn.com or phone # (805) 528-6138

The open house event at Hi Mountain Lookout formally begins at 12:30pm, with introductions, condor program updates, lookout tours, guided field trips, potluck dinner, evening program presentations, star gazing, and an optional overnight campout.

Visitors will find parking available close to the lookout throughout the day. Note: high clearance vehicles with 4-wheel drive highly recommended for the unpaved 6 mile drive from Pozo to Hi Mountain – rough road conditions in places.

Morning activity:
Bird watching field trip 9:00am - 11:30am
Pozo to Hi Mountain (elev. 3,199 ft), Santa Lucia Mountains, Los Padres National Forest
Meet 9am at Pozo Ranger Station. Field trip participants are encouraged to car pool from Pozo.
Habitats: grassland, riparian woodland (at Salinas River crossing), oak woodlands & chaparral
Field trip leader: Jessica Griffiths, Morro Coast Audubon Society
NOTE: advanced registration is required to attend the birding field trip, limited to 15 participants
Register with Steve at s_schub1@msn.com or phone # (805) 528-6138

Schedule of open house activities at Hi Mountain Lookout:
Kids’ activities - 11:00am to 2pm, ongoing  
-making plaster-of-paris animal tracks; condor biology and radio tracking demonstrations

Picnic lunch   11:30am -12:30pm   (bring your own lunch)   
-tour the Hi Mountain Lookout facilities and Interpretive Center
- sign the guest register

Welcoming comments   12:30pm

Introductions of Hi Mountain Lookout staff, volunteers, and college student interns
by Steve Schubert, Lookout Project Volunteer Coordinator, Morro Coast Audubon Society &
Dr. Francis Villablanca, Professor, Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department

Morning birding field trip report by trip leader
Led by Jessica Griffiths, Morro Coast Audubon Society

Updates on the California Condor Recovery Program
by Condor staff  

Condor radio tracking demonstration
by Hi Mountain Lookout volunteers
Note: Those interested in becoming new volunteers for the lookout project are encouraged to meet with our staff to arrange future training for condor radiotelemetry, facilities use, and scheduling

Auction of donated items and merchandise sales   1:00pm  
Lookout Project annual fundraiser

Afternoon activities and field trips:
1:30pm   
Geographical landmarks - a 360 degree view from the Pacific Coast to the Sierra Nevada - and demonstration of the original Hi Mountain Lookout firefinder
Led by Kevin Cooper, Zone Wildlife Biologist, Los Padres National Forest

2:00 pm   
Native Plant Identification and Geology Walk along the crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains on Hi Mountain Lookout Road
Led by Dr. Dirk Walters and Dr. David Chipping, San Luis Obispo Chapter, California Native Plant Society

3:00 pm
Birding by ear (songs and call notes) and watch for raptors in flight - meet on the lookout catwalk
Led by Jessica Griffiths, Morro Coast Audubon Society

3:30pm
California Condor talk by Vince Gerwe and Martin Fletcher, Friends of California Condors Wild & Free

Sunset watch and dinner   6:00 – 7:00pm   Saucelito Canyon Vineyard &Winery wine serving, compliments of Nancy and Bill Greenough, owners

Gas stove and oven in the lookout facilities are available for cooking and heating food.
Participants are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share with their friends and guests.
Note: no open campfires, camping stoves or backpacking stoves are permitted for cooking or during the overnight campout.

Evening programs   beginning 7pm (wear layered clothing)   PowerPoint slide show presentations:

7:00 -7:15 pm
The summer internship program and biological field research projects at Hi Mountain, presented by the summer 2014 Cal Poly student interns

7:15 -7:30pm
Condor nesting update by Vince Gerwe, Friends of California Condors Wild & Free

7:30 -8:15 pm
Movie presentation “Life in a Condor Cave” by Molly Astell, California Condor Nest Technician, Santa Barbara Zoo

Astronomy observations
Telescopes will be set up for observations of the evening skies

Optional Hi Mountain campout
Camping sites are available Saturday night at ‘Cypress Hill’ near the lookout.  Bring your own potable water.  No open campfires, camping or backpacking stoves permitted – extreme fire hazard