Central Coast California Condor Count= 70+ free-flying and 5 nestlings

August 25, 2015

Condor 799 in good health, Nest cam launch

Melissa Clark with 799 
We conducted the final health exam on Condor 799.  Her blood tested low for lead, which was excellent news and we attached a new radio transmitter and Identification tag (Green 99) to her wing.  Overall, her health was stellar and she weighed in at a solid 16 pounds!

Nest cam taking in the action
We put the final touches on our live streaming condor nest cam, the first ever! Behind the scenes, the install of the cam was a monumental effort.  It involved carrying heavy loads up a steep rugged coastal canyon and climbing up a massive redwood tree.  We planned the bulk of the cam work to coincide with health exams on 799, to reduce disturbance around the nest. 

Nest cam inside redwood
Joe Burnett climbing up to install cam

Big Thanks to LA Zoo staff Mike Clark, Trey Kropp with Big Sur Wireless and Joe Piper with HDontap for their expert assistance during the install.  

Click here to see the latest action-  Condor nest cam

August 13, 2015

Southern Exposure

GPS Data for 567 and 477
A group of condors made their way south last week to visit the southern California flock. This group of birds included 663, 463, 477, 567, 231, and possibly a few others. Although brief, their trip was an encouraging sign. We hope to see a lot more southern exposure in the future.  

August 01, 2015

Condors Thrive at Pt. Lobos

Condors #538 "Miracle" and #646 "Kodama" were sighted by Docents on Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 at Sea Lion Point in Pt. Lobos State Natural Reserve feeding on a dead sea lion. According to Docent, Dave Evans, the beach where they saw the condors was closed off recently to protect the sea lions that like to haul out there.
Condors released in Big Sur were first documented feeding on marine mammal carcasses in 1999 and have been thriving on the coast ever since. This is the first time they have been observed feeding in Pt. Lobos Reserve. Scavengers like condors are vital to the coastal ecosystem. They are nature’s cleaning crew.

July 14, 2015

Redwood nestling doing well

Veterinarian Amy Wells conducts a physical exam on 799
     60 day old Condor Nestling 799 (Chick of Condors #167 and #190) passed his first nest check with flying colors! Biologists tested his blood for lead poisoning, did a physical check, and checked the nest for trash and all looked well with 799. Great job Mom and Dad!
Stay tuned...799's final nest check is schedule for the end of August.
We have 5 wild nestlings still going strong this year, let's hope they stay out of harms way and continue to succeed.

July 13, 2015

Final check up for wild nestling

Condor #773 (Chick of Condors #251 and #222) had his final 120 day nest check this week. During this nest check biologists did a physical checkup, a blood draw to test for lead poising, and checked the nest for trash.  Because this was his last nest check before he fledges, Condor # 773 got his first transmitter!!  In a few months be on the lookout for a bird with a Green 73!!!