California Condor Visit To NM And Saving A Species

The California Condor who visited Los Alamos in 2015. Photo by Joe Fitzgibbon

PEEC News:

The chance visit of a California Condor to Joe Fitzgibbon’s yard in April of last year inspired him to embark on a journey to learn more about his unusual visitor.

Fitzgibbon will share photos, stories and other information about the California Condor, their life history and recovery efforts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. This is a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Fitzgibbon is a life-long Los Alamos resident with a wide range of interests in the outdoors and the history of this area. He retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2013.

Fitzgibbon has had the first and only sighting of a California Condor in Los Alamos, which happened to be in his yard!

Since the sighting, he has made two trips to the condor release site at Vermilllion Cliffs to see the condors, watched the annual condor releases, and talked to the Peregrine Fund biologists about condors.

 Fitzgibbon’s talk will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching.

PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit


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