Sunday, March 10, 2019

Pinnacles Helps Support Wild California Condors

A summa cum laude graduate of San Diego University, Brian Borg has more than two decades of experience in risk management, human resources, and business analysis. Personally, Brian Borg enjoys traveling with his family from his home in San Diego to visit some of the state's natural areas, such as Pinnacles National Park.

First inhabited by native peoples and then Spanish missionaries and settlers for centuries before its designation as a national park in 2013 by President Barack Obama, Pinnacles National Park encompasses approximately 26,000 acres of land formed by the eruption of several volcanoes. Visitors have the opportunity to hike numerous trails through the quiet wilderness and learn about the area's flora, fauna, and geology.

Pinnacles National Park began serving as a release site for the California condor in 2013. The species had disappeared from the wild by 1987. In response, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with the Ventana Wildlife Society in order to make a coordinated effort to save the California condor. Over a period of 15 years, they set roughly 20-30 condors free each year in Pinnacles.

Today, park staff at Pinnacles work with scientists, interns, and volunteers to watch and protect the park's resident condors. Visitors can also see the spectacular birds of prey soaring over the park.

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