Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge
Primary Wildlife: Area is a traditional feeding site for the endangered California condor. Condors used the area frequently from October through May. A variety of other birds occur during migration and year-round.
Habitat: 2,471 acres of grassland, chaparral, and coastal sage scrub. There is a small, 350-acre area of intact California black walnut groves, some of the last remaining in southern California.
Recreation and Education: Public use is severely limited due to difficulty in accessing the Refuge and ongoing condor management issues. The Refuge contains a Condor Rearing Facility, used to rear captive-bred condors for release to the wild. There are no active condor release sites near the Refuge and the USFS has erected signs indicating that condors are no longer in the area. Condors are being released in northern Santa Barbara County, eastern San Luis Obispo County, and near the Big Sur coast. For more information about viewing condors in the wild, please contact Hopper Mountain NWR Complex at (805) 644-5185.
P.O. Box 5839
Ventura, California 93005
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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