2010 Condor Celebration

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Condor 481 (lower right, flaring wings) emerging from the captive facility at Pinnacles National Monument for the first time, during the 2009 Condor Release Event.

NPS Photo by Paul Johnson

Saturday, September 25, 2010
East Side, Pinnacles National Monument

Join us as we attempt to release up to two California condors for their first flight into the wild.

Event runs from 9:30am to 1:00pm, please allow time for parking. It is recommended that you car-pool if possible as space for parking is limited.

Bring water, hats, layered clothing, and food. Binoculars are recommended. High temperatures at the end of September can range from low 80s to above 100 degrees. There will be limited seating available, so bring camp chairs or blankets for picinic-style seating.

A live, remote video feed from the condor facility to the Visitor Center will display the young condors in the pen and the first flight of any released birds. In addition, the event will have speakers, informational and educational booths staffed by rangers and park partners, and an activity booth for children to draw and display their "condor wishes."

Because we use a passive release method, there is a chance the juvenile condors may not leave the holding pen. Even so, there will be a good chance to see already free-flying condors.

We will hold a condor celebration regardless of the weather.

This date coincides with National Public Lands Day, and will be a fee-free day. For volunteer opportunities, please visit our volunteer page or visit the National Public Lands Day link above.

For camping information, visit our camping page or visit recreation.gov for reservations.

Lodging is available in the area for those that do not wish to camp.

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Last updated: March 31, 2012

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