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New Paradigms for Stewardship

March 31, 2016 by Mary Ellen Hannibal

In 2005, the tribal elders of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band came to Tribal Chairman Valentin Lopez and reminded him ...

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More visitors expected as Pinnacles becomes a national park

February 21, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Now that it's officially on the national park circuit, Pinnacles may be seeing more visitors as diehard national park goers add the geological wonder to their bucket lists.

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Pinnacles National Park

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

This park is a wonder in spring: incredible wildflowers, warm days, remarkable geology, and a decent chance of seeing a ...

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Pinnacles tests out tribe’s fire tradition

December 05, 2011 by Alison Hawkes

When Europeans arrived at what is now Pinnacles National Monument, the land was not exactly a “pristine” or “untouched” vision of nature, but rather a managed ecosystem that itself had become dependent on fires set by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Scientists are studying the traditional fire practices to help the ecosystem build greater resilience to major disturbances like climate change.

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Pining for the Pinnacles

October 01, 2010 by Paul McHugh

Volcanic drama, bat caves, diverse wildlife, roadless vistas: Pinnacles National Monument is definitely worth the trip. Where else can you see half a volcano, an endangered condor, and a record number of bee species in one day?

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The Pinnacles’ First Condor Nest in 100 Years

March 19, 2010 by Aaron Freifeld

For the first time in a century, condors are nesting in Pinnacles National Monument, a park of towering cliffs in the Gavilan Mountains east of Monterey Bay. The discovery is thrilling news for park biologists, who have coordinated a condor reestablishment program here since 2003.

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Protecting Raptors and Climbers at the Pinnacles National Monument

August 04, 2009 by Reinhard Cate

Every summer, Pinnacles National Monument staff lift seasonal rock climbing closures on several rock formations that close each year to protect nesting raptors. For the last 23 years, park staff have closed routes to climbers to allow the birds to nest undisturbed, and raptor health has stayed high.

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Monterey Birding Festival

July 01, 2008 by Aleta George

Summer in the Bay Area can last well into late September, but by then many birds that overwinter here have ...

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California Condors

January 01, 2007 by Rick Bacigalupi

The Big Sur coast has always provided nature lovers with an abundanceof breathtaking scenery. But one of the most majestic ...

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Lead Poisoning in California Condors

January 01, 2007 by Aleta George

When California condor number 307 saw biologists capturing other condors at Pinnacles National Monument last summer, she apparently spooked and ...

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