• High Peaks and Big Berry Manzanita. NPS Photo|Sierra Willoughby


    National Park California

Updates on the Pinnacles Condors

March 23, 2015

This is a very exciting time of year for the Condor Program. We are releasing new condors into the wild and mated pairs are starting to nest!

So far, we've released five juveniles and intend to release the final two in the coming weeks. All of the newly released birds have been following a pattern we like to see, finding food, roosting in pine trees at night, and starting to explore their new home area. Several of them have even made exploratory flights outside of the park!

We are also excited to announce that a pair of condors is nesting in the park this year. The male, 340, has nested in the park before, but he has a new mate, 236, since his previous mate died of lead poisoning last year. They are nesting in a cliff cave that is impossible to see into. Due to the remoteness of the nest and a lack of viewing sites, we are not going to disclose the location to the staff or the public, for the safety of the birds and the public. However, with a nesting territory inside the park, there will be lots of great opportunities for viewing the parents when they are taking their turn away from the nest.

The nest in the park is one of three confirmed nests in central California so far this season. There could be up to eight nests this year, so we will keep you posted on how they progress.

As always, please report any condor sightings to e-mail us. Thanks!


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