Friday, August 27, 2004

Recent Events

Hi all,
Last week Kevin Cooper conducted an onsite field trip to Hi Mountain Lookout attended by 15 U.S. Forest Service staff. This was the new Los Padres Forest Supervisor’s first visit and orientation to the project. The Forest Service staff were very appreciative and supportive of all our efforts at the lookout.

On Aug. 26th we had a 5 hour planning and discussion meeting in San Luis Obispo at the conference room of the Cal Poly Bio. Sci. Dept. Attendees were volunteers, staff and agency personnel from the Hi Mountain Lookout Project, U.S. Forest Service at Santa Lucia Ranger District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Hopper Mountain NWR, Morro Coast Audubon Society, Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department. Ventana Wilderness Society, National Park Service at Pinnacles National Monument, and Friends of the Carizzo Plains National Monument. It was an opportunity to get together for a meeting in a centralized location, improve future communications and exchange of condor radio and GPS tracking data between our different groups, and to stay connected. This working group expects to continue meeting like this more frequently in the future.
Our interns and volunteer staff at the lookout this summer continue to be rewarded for their long hours of work by visual sightings of Californa Condors flying by, nearly every week!
Steve Schubert
MCAS Volunteer Coordinator