"The Condors are Coming"

is a photo essay on the California Condor recovery program that has increased the population of condors in the wild from zero to more than 40.  Seven large photo panels tell the story of the condor's plunge to near extinction, the captive breeding program that assures their survival and the monitoring of the birds to keep them healthy in the wild.

The condor exhibit will be on display in the museum auditorium from January 16 through February 29, 2004.  An opening night gala will be held Thursday, January 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. for a special fee of $5.00.  Proceeds will benefit the Hi Mountain Lookout Project and the Museum.  Guests will be able to stand against a condor silhouette to compare their height with the nearly 10 foot wingspan of these huge birds and view condor artifacts as well as the photo panels.

Biologist Steve Schubert will give a free illustrated talk on Sunday, February 15, at 2 p.m. in the museum auditorium on the California Condor Recovery Program.  Schubert coordinates the monitoring of condors at the Hi Mountain Lookout in eastern San Luis Obispo County along with other volunteers.

For more information call the museum at 805 772-2694.