A Campout with Condors
Come and save a life
About our Program
This program was made to encourage kids to take part in saving the endangered condors. The condor population is very low, only 433 worldwide due to loss of habitat, shooting, pesticide residue, lead poisoning, and collision with power lines. Condors have been in jeopardy since the 1950's and this program is trying to protect the condors by researching how they can prevent condors from getting injured or killed.
Rick and a Condor
Condors normally live on rocky shrublands, coniferous forests, and oak savannas. They are normally found near cliffs or large trees, which is where Rick saw them. Rick always had this dream where he was flying over a bunch of people and they were always calling for him to come down and he felt free. When Rick met the condors, he thought they were just like him, flying to be free. Rick watched the condors day and night to make sure they were always safe and he had a huge heart for them, "In the evening Rick wanted to go up the dugway again with Lon to observe the condors," (183).
A Life Changing Experience
When Rick first saw the condors, he thought that they were just a bunch of plain vultures, but after Lon started teaching Rick about the condors, Rick got intrigued and began to help out the condors with Lon. After Maverick, one of the first condors Rick met, got killed, Rick realized how much he loved condors and became more serious with the idea of saving condors, "Rick couldn't help himself. Tears were streaming down his face. He realized he was sobbing out loud. He'd never forget what is was like holding that ancient bird in the front seat of the truck, what its beating heart had felt like under his hand," (143).
Although there are many animals that are currently endangered, and there are many other programs, this program focuses on condors because of the relationship between Rick and condors. Rick had an unbreakable bond and connection with the condors and it really inspired us to create our own program dedicated to him. When you first look at a condor, all you see is a black bird with a naked head, pretty much a vulture, but Rick learned that they are much more than that, "It was amazing to see the condor up close. Incredible," (116). He realized how amazing a condor is and did everything he could to protect them.