A team from Pinnacles National Monument left on Saturday for Buenos Aires as a first step in creating a partnership to support condor recovery across continents.
Superintendent Eric Brunnemann will be part of a five-person delegation to Argentina. The other members are chief of resources Denise Louie, supervisory wildlife biologist Jim Peterson, condor field biologist Scott Scherbinski and Washington-based legislative specialist Kate Hammond.
The team expects to work with experts in the conservation of Andean condors at the Buenos Aires Zoo, meet with officials of the Argentina National Parks Administration, and visit Parque Nacional Quebrada del Condorito, Parque Nacional Sierra de las Quijades, and a condor release site at Sierra Paileman. A close cousin of North Americaâs California condor, the Andean condor also is in danger of extinction.
âWe are looking for a long term relationship with a national park in Argentina within the range of the Andean condor,â Brunnemann said. âOur goals are to create a partnership to understand and share how science and education are working to conserve declining condor populations on both continents.â
Scherbinski, who will remain for an additional month at the condor release site at Sierra Paileman, working closely with Andean condor biologist to get a first hand look at their operation and how we may further collaborate and share ideas and innovative technology.
The trip is sponsored in part by the San Juan Bautista Rotary Club in California which sees a relationship between Pinnacles National Monument and an Argentina national park as a win â win for all. It advances mutual goals of developing a friendship between international communities with a particular emphasis on indigenous peoples, and specifically for Rotary, it provides an opportunity for humanitarian projects. The Pinnacles Partnership, a friendâs group for Pinnacles National Monument, and the Albright-Wirth Fund, a private grant program offering scholarships to NPS employees, are the other generous sponsors.
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