While once California condors could be found soaring through the skies across the Western United States, by 1982, there were only 22 of the birds spreading their 10-foot wingspans in a small pocket of California. Today, the population has grown to more than 400, occupying habitat in California, as well as the American Southwest and Northern Mexico, thanks to the help of Joseph Brandt, a biologist with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
For a year, filmmaker Jeff McLoughlin followed Brandt's journey to save these grand birds from extinction. McLoughlin's documentary film, The Condor's Shadow, is "set in the ruggedly beautiful Southern California habitat of the iconic California condor that explores the great hope and extreme lengths that biologists, zookeepers, scientists and a feisty condor with the Native American name Pitahsi bring to the task of pulling the condor back from the brink of extinction." Both Brandt and McLoughlin will be at the Boise screenings and will hold a Q&A after.
All proceeds from ticket sales benefit The Peregrine Fund's California Condor Program. Hold on to your ticket stub because each stub will serve as entry for up to four people to the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center at the World Center for Birds of Prey, where more than 50 condors (18 breeding pairs) live in the Peregrine Fund breeding facility, which works to "establish a self-sustaining population of California condors in the Grand Canyon/Arizona Strip regions of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah."