The Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lecture Series continues Wednesday with a lecture titled “California Condor Recovery and Indigenous, Cultural Revitalization on the North Coast.” The lecture — presented by Chris West and Tiana Williams-Claussen — will be held in the zoo’s Flamingo Room at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by an informal reception beginning at 6:30 p.m.
These representatives of the Yurok Tribe Wildlife Program will share the story of their journey toward California condor recovery in Yurok Ancestral Territory. 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. 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.
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 toward 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 its “Hunters as Stewards” outreach and hunter education program as well as all of their terrestrial endangered species management and monitoring efforts.
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 Sequoia Park Zoo is located at 3414 W St. in Eureka.