Condors Fundraiser: Special Film Nights

A new documentary by photographer Tim Huntington will screen in support the Ventana Wildlife Society.

ON THE MOVE: Even if you've never soared above a beach-close bluff like a condor, or alighted in a California oak or redwood like a condor might, or sat upon a egg up in a protective notch on the weathered side of a cliff, you can state, with totally accuracy, that condors are on the move. No doubt, they have their times of rest, of feeding, and of tending to their young, but they're often out looking for dinner, too, and traveling from place to place. With this in mind, it makes sense that a celebration for the condors might be on the move, too, much in the way the birds at the heart of the festivity are often on the wing. It's the Feathers in Flight fundraiser we're thinking of, a late-summer gathering held to raise money for the condor-supporting programs of the Big Sur-based Ventana Wildlife Society. If you've attended Feathers in Flight, you know it does a lot of good for the endangered birds, and you also know it is a fine chance to hobnob with other condor-loving compadres. But 2017 will bring a change, and a move (or two), with the fundraiser. It's now a...

SCREENING EVENT, with photographer Tim Huntington's new short documentary "The California Condors of Big Sur" on the screen. If you've been condor-watching around that stunning stretch of coast, you may have very well run into the friendly Mr. Huntington, who is often out with his camera. Now enjoy his film about the superstars of the sky, and "their amazing road to recovery," and help the Ventana Wildlife Society out, too. And, unlike one-day-only Feathers in Flight, the former fundraising event for the group, there will be three chances to enjoy the film and engage in condor-y conversations: July 22 in Walnut Creek, Sept. 8 at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea, and an October TBD date at Hearst Castle. Spoiler alert: You'll need to get to Walnut Creek, Carmel, and/or San Simeon by car, and not your ginormous wingspan. But, by going there, you'll help a wingspan'd wonder continue to thrive, via a society dedicated to helping.

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