Ventana Wildlife Society and House of 8 Media Presents ‘Giants of Big Sur: California Condor Stories’
“Giants of Big Sur: California Condor Stories” a 3-part series, [1hr TRT] will have a local premiere on December 10th, 2022 at Lighthouse Cinemas.
Documentary Written & Directed by Ross Thomas
Produced/Cinematography by Mike Buffo
The upcoming documentary “Giants of Big Sur: California Condor Stories,” highlights one of California’s native birds that face imminent threat at the hands of various environmental factors. With video production by House of 8 Media, the viewer has an inside look at day to day life for those helping these birds fight for survival. Watch as Ross Thomas learns more of this disappearing species, with the help of wildlife conservationists, to gain a better understand of the recovery effort being made by our local community to preserve the future of the California Condor.
As the ongoing threat of extinction persists for the California Condor, Wilderness Documentarian, Ross Thomas shadows the Ventana Wildlife Society as they work toward full recovery of this endangered species in the wilderness of Big Sur, California.
Join Ross as he traverses the rugged terrain of Big Sur, investigates the environmental threats these giant birds face, and learns what Ventana Wildlife Society is doing to save this critically endangered species. Filmed and produced by Mike Buffo of House of 8 Media, this informational documentary gives viewers an inside look at the consistent care and expertise required to protect critically endangered species. Follow along with wildlife conservationists, as they uncover the truth behind the rapid disappearance of the Big Sur ‘Giants’ and provide their expertise to better understand the life and death of the California Condor.
An Inside Look at the Critically Endangered California Condor
The “Giants of Big Sur,” more commonly known as the California Condors, are the largest land bird in North America. In 1987 this large winged vulture faced extinction in the wild, with all free condors captured and reintroduced to their new, controlled habitats. Since the reintroduction of the California Condor to the central coast in 1997, this majestic species now resists the ever-present threat of extinction. Ventana Wildlife Society and their partners have helped the condor make great strides in their journey towards full recovery in the wild, however, threats to their very existence persist.
Wild condors struggle to survive on their own due to a variety of environmental factors, with lead poisoning causing the highest mortality rate for these beautiful creatures. The large bird still faces predators in the wild, both humans and animals, further threatening its survival. With the unpredictability of natural disasters and abundance of fires in recent years, it is difficult to guarantee a safe home for the condor species. Ventana Wildlife Society breaks ground on the recovery effort in Big Sur, California to save this endangered species from complete extinction.
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Thank You to Everyone Who Made This Series Possible
Ross Thomas - Writer / Director
Michael Buffo - Producer / Cinematographer / Editor
Jules Hart - Video Editor
David Herring - Sound Engineer
Justin Zheng - B Camera Operator
Blair Black, As It Is Films - Condor Recovery Program Logo Animation
DeWolfe Music Library: Timothy Whitelaw, Erik Wollo - Music
Joe Burnett - Sr. Wildlife Biologist, Condor Program Manager
Mike Stake - Sr. Wildlife Biologist, Non-lead Outreach
Alena Porte - Education and Outreach Manager
Cathy Hamilton - Office Manager
Meredith Evans - Communications Coordinator
Laura Harris - Grant Writer / Facilitator Guide
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
California State Parks
Tim Huntington / Webnectar.com
Amy Wells, DVM and the Avian & Exotic Clinic of the Monterey Peninsula
Thanks to our Condor Recovery Partners:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Los Angeles Zoo
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
The Peregrine Fund
*Especially to every hunter and rancher that have switched to using non-lead ammunition