Conservation Lecture #4
“California Condor Recovery and Indigenous, Cultural Revitalization on the North Coast” – Presented by Chris West and Tiana Williams, Biologists with the Yurok Tribe
The Yurok Tribe Wildlife Program will join us to share the story of their journey toward California condor recovery in Yurok Ancestral Territory. Chris West will discuss the biology, history of declines, and the struggle to recover the highly endangered, and iconic, California condor, as well as the Tribe’s continuing contribution to that recovery. Tiana Williams-Claussen will close with a description of the condor’s significance to the Yurok people, and what condor recovery means to the Yurok people as a sovereign nation working to restore their homeland.
Chris West began work as the Senior Wildlife Biologist for the Yurok Tribe in 2008. He has been working on California condor conservation for 19 years and specifically towards reintroduction of condors to the Pacific Northwest for over a decade. He has a great passion for all things wildlife related which in large part drives his varied hobbies including hiking, backpacking, birding, hunting, and fishing. He oversees all aspects of the Tribe’s wildlife work including their “Hunters as Stewards” outreach and hunter education program as well as all of their terrestrial endangered species management and monitoring efforts.
Tiana Williams-Claussen is a Yurok tribal member and native to the North Coast and the Yurok Reservation. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University, and has been employed by the Yurok Tribe for 10 years. She was instrumental in the creation of the Yurok Tribe Wildlife Program, and the subsequent birth of the Yurok Tribe California condor reintroduction effort. Her native upbringing and formal education allows her to bridge the gap between traditional understandings of the world and those rooted in Western science, and to work toward a cohesive, well-informed perspective on holistic ecosystem management.
The Mission of Sequoia Park Zoo is to inspire conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife.
As an AZA accredited facility, Sequoia Park Zoo incorporates wildlife conservation as an essential part of its mission. This includes spreading awareness about threats to wildlife and habitats, inspiring conservation action among our visitors, and helping to fund conservation field work.