Program: The Condor’s Shadow – Film and Q&A.

Date & Time

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


A species reduced to just 22 birds in 1982, the condor population has been rebuilt to over 400 today. But the California condor’s recovery is not quite complete. The Condor’s Shadow will make you appreciate the challenges that remain and the part we can all play in pulling the condor back from the brink of extinction.

Set in the ruggedly beautiful Southern California habitat of the iconic California condor, The Condor’s Shadow 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. A story with roots in Santa Barbara history, the film includes segments with the SB Museum of Natural History’s own Janet Hamber and biologist Jesse Grantham, both of whom have lived the story of the Condor since the 1970’s. Beautifully photographed and emotionally engaging this is a film everyone who cares about wild things and wild places will appreciate.

The Condor’s Shadow profiles the ongoing challenge of bringing the iconic California condor back from the brink of extinction. Biologist Joseph Brandt, zookeeper Mike Clark, toxicologist Myra Finkelstein as well as a feisty condor named Pitahsi all contribute to the narrative in a year-in-the-life story of endangered species recovery. With vérité footage shot in the ruggedly beautiful nesting habitat of the condor and interviews with those who have lived the story for more than thirty years, this heart-wrenching and beautiful film will make you appreciate the passion and hard work required to pull a species back from the brink.

Doors open at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Farrand Hall at 7 PM, with the film starting at 7:30.

More information available on the Condor’s Shadow Flyer. View a trailer at