Endangered California Condor chick with mom, #846. Dad is #462. Courtesy/Cornell Lab of Ornithology
News from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
FILMORE, CA / ITHACA, NY — There’s a brand new chick and additional hope for recovery for the endangered California condor. A condor chick hatched at 5:42 a.m. on Saturday May 14.
Fans can follow live as the little one grows into a huge, majestic rider of the wind. Condor Cam is back, live from Toms Canyon on Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Ventura County, California.
The camera is hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Cams Project and the Santa Barbara Zoo in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
“By providing a virtual window into the natural world of condors, live cameras foster important connections between people and wildlife,” said Charles Eldermire, Cornell Lab Bird Cams project leader. “This is an incredible opportunity to raise awareness of the fascinating lives of condors and the challenges they face in the wild.”
To watch the Condor Cam, visit: www.allaboutbirds.org/condorz
The 2022 season is looking promising in Southern California with six, possibly seven, active nests.
“We have good reason to be optimistic about the future of the California condor recovery program,” said Arianna Punzalan, wildlife biologist in charge of the Service’s California condor recovery program. “We are excited to continue to build on all the work that has been done since the bird was placed on the endangered species list in 1982.”
Through intensive captive breeding and recovery efforts led by the Service in collaboration with multiple public and private partners, the California condor population has grown from a low of 22 birds to more than 500 birds worldwide. . More than half of the population now lives in the wild.
The main killer of California condors is lead poisoning, ingested when condors feed on carcasses containing lead bullet fragments. Another threat specific to condor chicks is the “micro trash”. Condor parents feed on small, coin-sized trash such as nuts, bolts, and bottle caps, which they may mistake for bits of bone and shell that provide a source of calcium for the chick.
For answers to frequently asked questions about the Nest Cam, Parents and Chick, visit this link.
“Condors struggled to come back from dangerously low numbers just decades ago,” said Estelle Sandhaus, director of conservation and science at the Santa Barbara Zoo. “These are truly magnificent birds, and it’s exciting to be able to share this remarkable experience with the world through the Condor Cam.”
The Condor Cam is made possible through access provided by private owners, and through the financial and technical support of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Santa Claus Barbaric zoo, Cornell Ornithology Labthe Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, Disney World Conservation Fundand Friends of California Condors Wild and Free.