If you fear heights, you might not have guessed from AmeriCorps member Sierra Martin’s winning photo above that the theme of November’s media contest was “gratefulness”. Sierra, who works as a California Condor Monitoring Technician with The Peregrine Fund, however, expresses her appreciation of the experience well: “I am so thankful to be working with these amazing birds in this amazing place with some amazing people this season. Condors are so entertaining to be around and our crew is so incredibly passionate about them! I am thankful for hunters who choose to switch to non-lead ammunition, for the interest of the public in the conservation of condors, and for the opportunity to be a part of big change in such a special species. Thank you to The Peregrine Fund, GBI, and AmeriCorps for allowing me to participate in such a life changing opportunity. Pictured are condors 918 (X8) and 601 (01) sunning their 9.5 foot wingspans above the Colorado River. Condors sun their wings to keep warm and keep their feathers healthy under the UV rays. Man, these birds are cool!”
Scroll down to see more submissions. For our part, we’re grateful for the wonderful people who do this important work and snap these fantastic photos.