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    Community Conversations Presents Northern California Condor Restoration Project

    Cultural and Ecological Revitalization in the Pacific Northwest

    When: Tuesday, 6/15/2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Where: Online


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    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC
    You may have read the front page article in the Mercury News on March 25 by Paul Rogers: "After 100 years, Condors Will Return to the Redwoods." To learn about this exciting project, we have invited Chris West and Tiana Williams-Claussen to talk about their work in restoring the California condors to the Pacific Northwest. They will teach us about California condor biology, declines and efforts to recover the species from near-extinction. They will discuss the significance of condors to the history and peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Finally, they will talk about their work in preparing for condor reintroduction in northern California, when we might see condors in Oregon, and what this work means for the overall recovery of this iconic species and the region.

    In 2008, the Yurok Tribe Wildlife Program was created, with California condor reintroduction as its principal focus—a process that involved more than a decade of preliminary analyses and inter-entity collaboration. To learn more and get involved in this restoration effort, visit The Yurok Tribe Condor Restoration Program webpage here.


    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCChris West completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He began working with California condors as an intern with the Ventana Wildlife Society in 1999. His passion for condors led him to his masters research related to condor behavior at Humboldt State University, investigating how sociality, feeding environment and rearing methods in captive breeding programs, influence condor predation risk while feeding at carcasses after reintroduction. He began working for the Yurok Tribe, investigating the possibility of reintroducing condors to the Klamath Basin, in 2008. Chris is now the Yurok Tribe's Condor Restoration Program Manager, heading up condor reintroduction efforts and overseeing community outreach.


    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCTiana Williams-Claussen is a Yurok tribal member and native to the North Coast and the Yurok Reservation. She received her bachelor's degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard University. Tiana has been employed by the Yurok Tribe for 13 years, starting out in an internship with the tribe and moving to technician, then wildlife biologist, and now acts as the director of the tribe's Wildlife Department. She was instrumental in the creation of the Yurok Tribe's Condor Restoration Initiative and development of the Wildlife Department overall. Her native upbringing and formal education allows her to bridge the gap between traditional understandings of the world and those rooted in Western science, and to work toward a cohesive, well-informed perspective on holistic ecosystem management.

    Attendance is free but you need to register to obtain the Zoom link.

    Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the John R. Schwabacher Family, Diane and Jon Claerbout in memory of their beloved son Jos, as well as the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. We are grateful for the generous support of all our donors.


    Tuesday, June 15
    1:00–2:00 PM
    On Zoom
    Free with pre-registration
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | [email protected]

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