No Fires - Fire Danger EXTREME - No Fuego
No Fires in the campground, no smoking on the trails. Observe these rules to protect park resources. No se permite fumar en los senderos, tampoco se permite las fogatas en el campamento. Proteja los recursos del parque y respete las advertencias. More »
Fee Increase at Pinnacles National Park
On August 1, 2014 the 7 day entrance pass for Pinnacles National Park will increase to $10 for passenger vehicles and motorcycles; bicycle and pedestrian entry will increase to $5.00. The Pinnacles Annual Pass will increase on August 1 to $20.00. More »
Two California Condors Found Dead on Big Sur Coast
Two Additional California Condors Found Dead in Last Three Days
A second juvenile California condor from the Pinnacles National Monument flock has also been found dead and was recovered in Big Sur, California. On the evening of May 17, Ventana Wildlife Society biologists received a ‘mortality signal’ from Pinnacles California condor #307 in the Big Sur area. The signal comes from the bird’s radio transmitter which activates a signal automatically after
The last contact with 307 at Pinnacles was Saturday, May 5, 2007. She arrived in Big Sur on Tuesday May 8 and their last visual sighting was Monday, May 14.
“Condor 307 was a member of our oldest cohort, and has been tracked routinely flying between Pinnacles and Big Sur,” National Park Service (NPS) Superintendent Eric Brunnemann said.
“Although the death of any condor is a heartfelt sadness, the reintroduction of California condors is a proven success as demonstrated by the birth of a wild-hatched condor chick just last April in Big Sur,” Brunnemann continued.
From a population low of 22 birds in the mid 1980s, California condors are making a slow, but steady recovery through intensive captive breeding efforts and public education programs. As of April 30, 2007, 138 California condors are in the wild from a total population of 286. The initial goal for California is to have 150 free flying condors in the state. “Not including the wild nestlings, Central California had 40 free-flying California condors as of May 1, 2007, but we just lost three birds”, said Kelly Sorenson. Pinnacles currently has 13 free-flying California condors that are routinely visible at the monument, which hosts the only public condor release in California.
-NPS & VWS-
Ventana Wildlife Society
Pinnacles National Monument / National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Did You Know?
The yellow star thistle is one of many invasive (non-native) plants threatening the ecosystems of Pinnacles. Many seeds are accidentally transported into the park on shoes and gear; you can do your part to prevent the spread of these pests by cleaning shoes, socks, and gear before visiting the park.