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Pinnacles National Park
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"So Close....Yet a World Away!" ~ Superintendent Karen Beppler-Dorn
Add a 20% Match to Your Donation!
Donate through "Charity Match" (formerly Birdies for Charity) now through February 27. Follow the link above to give through Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Pinnacles Partnership will receive 100% of your donation PLUS 20%! Thank you!
Annual Fundraising Drive
Going on NOW!
Pinnacles Partnership is delighted to partner with the Monterey Peninsula Foundation again this year for their Charity Match program (formerly Birdies for Charity). Charity Match is a unique way for nonprofits to raise more funds through the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament. The program runs in conjunction with the Pro-Am which takes place February 9-15, 2015. As a Charity Match participant, Pinnacles Partnership will receive 100% of donations collected through Charity Match PLUS a 20% match provided by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.
All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made now through February 27, 2015 by following the Charity Match link at www.PinnaclesPartnership.org/donate. If you choose to donate by check, please make checks payable to “Monterey Peninsula Foundation” and mail them to Pinnacles Partnership, P.O. Box 2080, Hollister, CA 95024 (this process allows us to receive the 20% match).
Thanks to your support, the past year has been very exciting for Pinnacles Partnership. We have regained our footing, added new directors to our board, and we are planning for growth in 2015. This past year we implemented Member’s Only events, sponsored Science Camp and Let’s Move programs for youth, supported youth employment programs at the park, launched the Pinnacles Condor Fund, and received exciting grants to further our mission. Please watch our website, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to follow our progress on programs and projects at Pinnacles National Park.
We depend on our donors to continue supporting these and other programs at Pinnacles National Park and we hope that you’ll consider making your gift go further with a 20% match through the Charity Match fundraising drive.
Condor Recovery in the United States
Many visitors come to Pinnacles National Park in hopes of catching a glimpse of one of the park’s rarest residents, the California condor. With wingspans that reach up to 9.5 feet, sharply contrasting black and white markings, and bald, bright pink and orange heads, these iconic scavengers are known for both their striking appearance and for their highly endangered status.
Condor populations in the United States started declining in the 20th century, largely due to human actions – egg collecting, shooting the birds out of fear or sport, and inadvertent poisoning of condors by putting out tainted carcasses meant to kill large predators – all contributed to their fall. In the 1980s, the population dropped to an all-time low of 22 individual condors; in a drastic move, all birds were trapped out of the wild and placed into captive breeding programs to save the species.
Starting in the early 1990s, condors were slowly released again, and today there are five release sites in the western United States and Mexico. The birds are monitored and studied carefully upon release, but unfortunately many birds are still dying from human causes. The leading cause of death for condors today is lead poisoning, which occurs when the birds eat carcasses containing tiny fragments from lead ammunition. Since condors are strictly scavengers, they are always on the lookout for carcasses to pick clean – and many of these have been shot with lead ammunition. Once it hits the target, the ammunition can fragment into hundreds of pieces, making it easy for feasting condors to ingest lead particles and become sick.
Hunters are important champions of wildlife conservation, and provide valuable food sources for condors and other animals by leaving out the gut piles or carcasses remains from their kills. By switching to non-lead ammunition, hunters can ensure that this food would be clean and safe for all human and wildlife consumption. California condor populations are slowly recovering – there are roughly 200 birds in the wild right now – and with the help and involvement of people who live or hunt in condor range, these magnificent animals will continue to soar over their homeland for generations to come.
Development Director - Volunteer
Do you or someone you know have a passion for fundraising? Pinnacles Partnership is looking for a Volunteer to fill a position for Development Director. This person will lead fundraising projects and member outreach in the Bay Area and Central Coast on a part-time, volunteer basis. If you would like to join our team, please contact us at email@example.com.
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