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California condor flies to Stevenson

Historian focuses on Lewis, Clark sightings

Come to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson on Friday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. and enjoy a presentation about the California Condor.

"The California Condor: the Butifull Buzzard of the Columbia" is the title of the program presented by noted historian Barb Kubik of Vancouver.

She will focus the story of the Corps of Discovery and Lewis and Clark's sightings of the California condor during their journey down and up the Columbia River Gorge. It is a program for the whole family and appropriate for all ages.

Kubik is a 10-year resident of Vancouver having previously lived and worked in the Tri-Cities. She is a consulting historian and advisor to the museum.

She is considered an expert on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. She has researched various members of the Corps, identified the actual Trail through the northwest, and studied the flora and fauna as recorded by the Corps as well as the stories of the various tribes.

Her research was used to design the interpretive panels made during the bicentennial, museum exhibits, children's activities books, traveling trunks and web pages.

Kubik's clients include Washington State Parks, Washington State University Press, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, the Troutdale Historical Society, the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau, the Clark County Historical Society, the Umatilla Confederated Tribes.

In Kubik's free time, she volunteers for the Mt. Hood Council of Camp Fire USA and for National History Day. She is currently serving on the editorial board for We Proceeded On, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation's quarterly publication. She is chair of the Washington State Governor's Lewis and Clark Trail Committee, and president of the MOM's Club for FarmHouse Fraternity at WSU-Pullman. She is also a member of several heritage organizations and often donates her time and expertise to facilities such as the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center.

Kubik consulted with Tony Vecchio, Dr. David Shepherdson and David Moen at the Oregon Zoo concerning the California condor conservation program.

Stephanie Clark, a Stevenson High School student, has been involved with the upcoming program. Clark made a silhouette of a California condor in flight as a class project. The silhouette will be displayed to demonstrate the immense wing span of this awesome bird.


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