On the evening of Thursday, Jan. 26, more than 40 people joined the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) for free community lecture entitled “The Comeback of the California Condor.” Experts from Friends of the California Condor Wild and Free discussed how in the early 1980’s this majestic bird was almost wiped off the face of the earth. Thanks to coordinated human intervention efforts, today there are 450 California Condors, 240 of which are flying wild and free over the mountains of California, Arizona, Utah, and Baja California.
The free community lecture is a part of VHC’s ongoing Environmental Speaker Series. The next installment in the series will take place on Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion. Angela Rockett Kirwin, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, will present “The Ethnobiology of Local Native Plants,” a discussion of how California’s indigenous people used many of the native plants found in Ventura’s hillsides for food, cultural practices and environmental stewardship. To RSVP, go to: www.venturahillsides.org/events.