Join us to search for North America’s largest bird, the endangered California Condor, in the wild! The central California coast and inland areas offer excellent opportunities to see these majestic birds and a wide variety of other species.Register!
Distance: Most days will feature several hikes of 1-2 miles. Our day in Pinnacles NP will have a hike of 3 miles.
Elevation changes:Some hikes will have moderate elevation changes, but none of our hikes will be considered arduous. Our hike in Pinnacles NP will have an elevation gain up to 1,000′, but this will be spread out over the 3 miles. We will adjust walks to suit the weather and group.
Trail:Most of our trails will be wide and paved or small single-track trails with either fine gravel covering them or dirt.
Rest Stops: The leaders will try to provide rest stops when possible, but not all trails will have suitable benches, etc.
Sun Exposure: Participants should expect several hours of full sun every day. While the leaders will try to break up and limit sun exposure when possible, participants must come prepared with proper sun protection.
Amenities: Typically, leaders will try to provide formal bathroom stops every two hours.
- Trip Leaders: Kirk Hardie and Tara Lemezis
- Dates: September 9-13, 2024
- Fee: $1,995 member / $2,495 non-member
- Single supplement: $400
- Deposit: $1000
- Group size: Limited to 12 participants
- Fee Includes: Ground transportation, 4-nights double-occupancy lodging, entrance fees for planned activities, all meals except dinners, and the services of your leaders.
- Fee Does Not Include: Airfare, dinners, or alcoholic beverages.
Kirk grew up in Sacramento, CA and took an early interest in nature exploring the Central Valley, the Sierra Nevada, and the California coast. His passion for experiencing and enjoying nature led to jobs studying nesting Lewis’s Woodpeckers in Central Oregon, studying breeding Gunnison Sage-Grouse in Colorado, and conducting breeding bird surveys in Oregon, California, and Nevada. That passion also led to positions as an environmental educator at the Wolf Education and Research Center, Bird Alliance of Oregon, the Great Basin Outdoor School, and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, the latter of which he founded and built the education programs that reached over 5,000 students yearly. Since 2010, he has been an adjunct faculty at Sierra Nevada College where he teachers field courses, primarily in ornithology. He has been leading multi-day nature tours since 2005 in the U.S. and internationally that focus primarily on birds, but also geology and other topics that each location uniquely presents. He has a master’s degree in Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Tara works as the Assistant Director, Adult Learning & Engagement. She wears many hats on the Education team, including communications and marketing, leading local outings and Pacific Northwest trips, database administration, staff photographer, and all the behind-the-scenes action for the department. As a self-professed “bird nerd”, Tara is deeply committed to inclusive environmental education and bringing people together to care about birds and their habitats. Not only does she love noticing birds, but she also loves when you notice birds.