Bringing the Condors Home
Special Museum Exhibit on the California Condor
TerraFocus, the Ventana Wilderness
Society (VWS) and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural
History, collaborated on a special condor exhibit for
the Museum, located on the Monterey Peninsula in Central
The exhibit ran for five months in
2003. This was the most extensive museum exhibit to
date on California condors and the condor recovery efforts.
The exhibit was also the most popular ever to run at
the Museum with attendance near 30,000.
NEWS... The Condor Exhibit has
since traveled to other venues such as the University
of California at Berkeley, PG&E in San Francisco
and the National Geographic Theater at Hearst Castle.
About The Exhibit
“Bringing the Condors Home”
tells the story of the decline and beginning of recovery
of the California Condor, an endangered species. This
is the story of human impact on the condor and the determined
human efforts to save this magnificent bird from extinction.
The exhibit honors the efforts of
the Condor Recovery Program to try to save the endangered
California condor. The displays feature the work of
Wilderness Society, which manages a condor release
site near Big Sur in the Ventana Wilderness, and a second
release site at the Pinnacles National Monument in the
Gabilan Range in Central California.
The original exhibit had a hands-on
display of a video camera installed in the exhibit room
which demonstrated the pan, tilt and zoom capabilities
of the Condor Cam system. (See Condor Cam Demo
to view images from a demonstration camera currently
installed in the East Foothills of the San Francisco
The exhibit showcases the photography
of TerraFocus super-volunteer, Dave Monley. Included
was a 360 degree panorama, big enough for the viewer
to walk inside the circle arc. (Note that Dave's panorama
photography is also featured at the top of each page
of our website.)
The exhibit displays and collateral
material were designed by the creative team at Aplin
Uno Creative (AUC) headed by Kat Thomas. The exhibit
text was researched and written by Sheila Foster of
VWS. TerraFocus scholarship recipient, Phil McKenna,
assisted Sheila with some of the writing. Sheila and
Steve Bailey of the Museum directed the content.
Custom interactive condor computer
games and quizzes were created and written by John Gillan
and Ben Lehman, and were loved by kids and adults alike.
Lovely original illustrations were
contributed by Alexander Cruz, Jr. A life size display
gave visitors an opportunity to compare their height
with the 9.5 foot wingspan of a condor.
Condor models were sculpted by James
"Bud" Bottoms and produced by Decker Studios.
A video loop of condors in the wild featured the videography
of Bruce Reitherman.
Another favorite was the "Grandmother
Chair", created by Marilee Flannery and Karinne
Koford Bauer. It was a chair made to look like a condor
with wings enfolding the seating area. An audio of a
"grandmother condor" passed on advice important
for young condors to know.
The project manager was Joan Hadden
of TerraFocus. Dave Hadden was responsible for the interactive