We have finally released our two captive birds, 597 and 615, into the wilds of Big Sur. They are now the newest members of the flock and we look forward to seeing them soaring above the ridges of Ventana Wilderness. 597 was “soft release" (a release requiring no handling) from the flight pen. 597 chose to give the team the slip as she flew down the canyon from the get-go. It was over a week before the bird was seen again, but 597 was observed feeding and socializing with other condors at the release site by the end of the month.
|615's repaired tail|
615 needed a little tail feather maintenance before release. He had lost six of his tail feathers due to unusual wear and tear in the flight pen, rendering him flightless. Mike Clark came up from the LA Zoo to give the condor a special batch of new feathers with a falconry technique known as “imping.” Mike attached specially-prepared feathers with pieces of wood and glue to 615’s feather stumps to fashion a new tail for the bird.
|615 takes in his new surroundings|
Stay tuned for future condor blogs!
The Condor Crew