When condors hatch in the wild, biologists try to enter the nests and tag the young birds at about four months old. However, some nests are too dangerous or inaccessible to enter, so the chicks fledge (learn to fly) at about six months old with no wing tags. When that happens, biologists have to wait until the untagged condor comes to one of the trapping sites so it can get a wing tag and transmitter before getting released again.
After these untagged condors are caught, biologists send a blood sample out for DNA testing to confirm who the bird is. Instead of being held in captivity for weeks while we confirm their identity, these condors are released with temporary green tags and then recaptured later so they can recieve the correct tag.
1145 (currently has temporary green tag with the number 9)
Hatched: 4/29/2022 from a wild nest in Pinnacles National Park
Last updated: February 29, 2024