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Bits & Pieces: The condors have landed

by: COURTESY OF MICHAEL DURHAM/OREGON ZOO - Kaweah, a critically endangered California condor, suns his wings at the Oregon Zoo.The Oregon Zoo built a new habitat for critically endangered California condors, and last week the birds arrived.

Two massive birds flapped their way to the highest perches in the $2.3 million Condors of the Columbia habitat upon being introduced to their new home, the zoo says.

The third of eight major Zoo projects funded by the 2008 bond measure, the habitat will open to the public May 24, giving the condors enough time to become comfortable with their surroundings.

Their names: Kaweah, 29, a male, who lead condor keeper Kelli Walker describes as “very naughty”; Tyrion, 5, another male. A third condor will join them in the future, a 6-year-old just progressing into adulthood — the most likely to be a breeder.

Condors of the Columbia was named after the “buzzards of the Columbia” referenced by Meriwether Lewis in journals during the Lewis & Clark expedition.

For info: www.oregonzoo.org.

Elephantastic

The Zoo showed off its new Elephant Lands last week, or at least construction of it, as part of the annual “Elephantastic,” coinciding with prized tenant Packy’s birthday. But, because of construction scheduling, Packy wasn’t seen on Saturday, with his current home near Forest Hall only visible from hard-hat areas. But Packy celebrated birthday No. 52 on Monday with his chomping of his birthday cake — a whole-wheat concoction, frosted and topped with carrots, bananas, apples and sweat potatoes.

The Elephants Land will likely be completed in fall 2015. Bob Lee, elephant curator, says the herd has been acclimating to more area to roam, a sandy field in the southern portion of the habitat.

Voodoo’s releases

Voodoo Dougnut Recordings plans to release more records during a “Double Doughnut-Record-Release Party” featuring self-professed kings of of punk Poison Idea, surf rock instrumentalists Audios Amigos and the reunited Gothic Outhouse. The details: 10 p.m. Friday, April 18, Twilight Cafe and Bar, 1420 S.E. Powell Blvd, $4 at door (over 21).

The new 7-inch single from Poison Idea features a dark, doughnut-inspired “Triple Chocolate Penetration” on the A side and the raucous “Hypnotic” on the B side. (Listen at 3:12 of “Hypnotic,” the company says, and there’ll be a posthumous message from PI guitarist Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts, who died in 2006).

Audio Amigos’ 7-inch record features “Ain’t That a Peach,” paying homage to Voodoo Doughnut’s peach fritter, and “Portland Medley.”

1,000-mile bike ride

Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., will play host to the fourth night of the 1,000-mile musician bicycle tour from Bellingham, Wash., to San Francisco. The musicians are Strangely and Friends — accordionists, jugglers, stilt walkers and acrobats and the like, whose quest is to spread the carnival mayhem.

The carnies will be joined by Portland’s Professor Gall band (junkyard folk) and the Smut City Jellyroll Society (old-time jazz) at a night of entertainment at Mississippi Pizza, 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19 ($7 admission, older than 21 only).

‘Theory’ at OMSI

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will highlight the science of food, health and wellness in the next month with “Theory,” a program championing sustainable practices and wholesome eating. The upcoming events:

Cook for Life, 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, about seasonable cooking; Food Luminary, food science and cuisine, 6 p.m. Friday, April 18, and 6 p.m. Friday, May 9; Low Carbon Diet Day, 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, carbon/culinary classroom; Blind-Tasting Bingo, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, sensory deprivation and heightened exploration game; Mother’s Day Breakfast, 8 a.m. Sunday, May 11, cooking demonstrations and more.

For info: www.omsi.edu.