Lookout Project PartnersMorro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) - The MCAS has a long history at Hi Mountain and provides major funding for the restoration of the Lookout and internships. MCAS will continue to manage the Hi Mountain Lookout, opening its doors as a research station and tracking base to the various groups involved in the project.
US Forest Service (USFS), Santa Lucia Ranger District- The USFS built the Hi Mountain Lookout when fire lookouts were still important fire fighting tools. The USFS has long been an advocate of the California Condor and been instrumental in its recent reestablishment in California. The Lookout is owned by the USFS, whose staff helps maintain the building and site.
US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) - The USFWS operates the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and diligently manages and monitors condors in California. They have provided funding, training, equipment, resources and support for the Hi Mountain Lookout Project.
Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department, San Luis Obispo- Lead by faculty advisor Dr.F.X.Villablanca, research students and interns act as volunteer staff for the Lookout and contribute radio telemetry data when onsite. The Cal Poly Wildlife Club has generated student interest and volunteers for the Lookout Project, as well as donating time and materials. The technical staff in the Biology Dept. has taken on a facilities maintenance role since 2011. They have contributed time, materials and expertise in order to help maintain the physical structure of the lookout.
Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS) - VWS releases, manages and monitors California Condors on the Central Coast. VWS is based in Big Sur California, and works in cooperation with the release site at Pinnacles, near King City. A new supplemental feeding and condor release site at Rocky Butte in San Luis Obispo County has been established.
Pinnacles National Monument (PNM) – PNM, administered by the National Park Service, has been a part of the California Condor Recovery Program since 2003. The park now manages free-flying condors. Each bird is monitored carefully after its release to increase its chances of survival. Management by park biologists helps newly released condors choose safe roosting sites and avoid hazards such as power lines, buildings, roads or trails, and lead-contaminated food.