Our mission is to conserve native wildlife and their habitats. Through the course of our work, we developed an organizational culture that strongly values science, education and collaboration and regularly found ways for both wildlife and people to benefit from one another.
The Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS) works to conserve native wildlife and their habitats. One of their goals is to remove the California Condor from the endangered species list with their flagship Condor Recovery Program. They are the only nonprofit organization in California releasing California condors into the wild, and have devoted over 20 years to this effort so far. The condor population in the wild is now growing rapidly, thanks to ongoing releases, successful efforts to reduce threats and breeding pairs raising chicks on their own. To date, condor releases conducted by VWS in Big Sur and San Simeon have helped reestablish a wild population in California of over 150 condors, with more than 20 nesting pairs. In order to reach the goal of getting condors de-listed as an endangered species—a status the bird has had since 1967—VWS needs to continue releasing more condors on an annual basis.
Ventana Wildlife Society has established release sites and continues to monitor condors in the Central Coast range of California. Continuation of their efforts is essential to meeting our goals, and is one of the highest priorities for the condor recovery program.
- Amedee Brickey, chief, Migratory Birds and California condor coordinator, Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service