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Education, Resource Stewardship, and Visitor Experiences at

Pinnacles National Park


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Photos Courtesy Gavin Emmons

Registration now open for Wednesday Night Hikes


Beginning October 18th and every Wednesday through November 22nd, you can join a Pinnacles Ranger for a guided night hike thorugh the park after dark.  


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Proposed Fee Increase for Pinnacles National Park



Pinnacles National Park News Release


Release Date: August 26, 2017


Pinnacles National Park Proposes Entrance Fee Increase

PAICINES, CA – Pinnacles National Park proposes to increase entrance fees in 2018 in order to fund services and maintenance that will directly benefit park visitors. The proposed entrance fee increase for Pinnacles is derived from a standard pricing model developed for all parks.

 

Type of Pass

Current Fee

Proposed Fee

Single Vehicle (7 days)

$15

$25

Motorcycle (7 days)

$15

$20

Individual (7 days)

$10

$12

Pinnacles Annual Pass

$25

$50

 

Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful-The National Parks and Federal Recreational Annual, Senior, Access, Military, or Volunteer Passes. These passes may be obtained at the park.


Additional revenue generated by this fee increase would be used to enhance visitor services by funding projects such as the rehabilitation of the Bear Valley School, the construction of vault toilets to replace portable facilities, and the building of a new entrance station on the east side of the park.


A 30-day public comment period will open on Tuesday, August 29th and close on Thursday, September 28th. Interested parties are encouraged to make comments electronically via the National Park Service's Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/pinn. Click on: 2018 Proposed Fee Increase.


To submit written comments by letter, you may send them by U.S. Postal Service or other mail delivery service, or hand-deliver your comments to Superintendent, Pinnacles National Park, Attn: Proposed Fee Increase, 5000 Highway 146, Paicines, CA 95043. Comments submitted by e-mail and anonymous comments will not be accepted.

A Year in the Life of a Condor - September


Although you might not be able to tell based on the weather at Pinnacles National Park, summer is slowly starting to wind down. As the seasons change, so do the resident wildlife populations- including condor 878, the only condor chick hatched in Pinnacles National Park this year!


At four and a half months old, 878 is maturing fast. She’s now nearly full grown, but it will still be about two more months until her impressive adult feathers completely grow in. In the meantime, she is going through somewhat of an awkward stage as she loses her downy fluff and her head starts to turn the solid black of a juvenile condor. We may be biased, but we still think she’s beautiful!


In the video clip, taken a month ago, 878 shows off some of her moves as she hops around in spurts of youthful energy. Young condors, like many young animals, use play as a way to exercise and let off steam. Flapping her huge wings is great practice for the day she makes the leap and takes her first wobbly flight! 


Over the years, PIPA has been a strong supporter of the Pinnacles Condor Program. Volunteers regularly radio-track condors to help determine their locations. In the past year, PIPA support has helped make the park's first condor nest camera a reality. Placing a remote camera is technically challenging and PIPA directly served the program by obtaining a tablet that allows park staff to perfectly place the camera within the condor nest - allowing for great images!


 

Thank you to our generous donors, sponsors, and partners!  Please visit our Donor Recognition wall.

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GPS TAGS INCREASE THE REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS OF FREE FLYING CONDORS

 In summer 2015, a condor who ranges with >70 other wild birds in the central California area (between Pinnacles National Park and the Big Sur Coast) decided to take a long, exploratory flight out of his typical range. 

Leaving the central CA home range behind, he traveled as far as Santa Barbara and Kern Counties to the south, and then east to the Sierras. His flight took him through the range of condors that use southern California, and all the way to the Mt Whitney area, in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. 

His flight reminds us that condors inhabited range throughout the western US and as the small wild population of under 300 total birds continues to grow, so will the area they use. Fortunately, Condor 564 wears a GPS unit on one of his wing tags. Without the GPS collecting this data we would never have known of his long range flight. 

GPS tags are incredibly useful in detecting unusual locations and behavior when traditional methods of observation or radio-tracking aren't possible. Although expensive, the value of learning about exploratory movements and watching condors travel across their historical range is more than worth it.

 


Your donation to the Pinnacles Condor Fund  can help the Pinnacles Condor Program meet their goal of outfitting half of the Pinnacles free flying flock of California condors
with GPS units.  


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GPS track of Condor 564, summer 2015. Map: Jennie Jones, NPS

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