Free tour, free condors on April 30, May 4

California Condor at Bitter Creek. PHOTO CREDIT: U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE.

A match made in heaven: free tours to experience the landscape and maybe, just maybe, a glimpse of  Califoria condors hanging out in their native ‘hood.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering free tours of the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Kern County, a key condor recovery location. Tours are April 30 and May 4 and start at 10 a.m.

Tours will focus on work with the condor as well as long-term planning at the refuge.

The Bitter Creek site works in conjunction with the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge near Piru where condors roost.

For more information and to reserve a space, call 805-644-5185 or email Similar tours of the Hopper Mountain complex can be scheduled at that phone number or by emailing

— By Brenda Rees, Editor