Smile! These condors are on camera! That's right: from anywhere in the world you can watch the activity in the Koford's Ridge nest at Sespe Condor Sanctuary, Los Padres National Forest, near Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge. Female #111 and male #509 are the proud parents of a nestling who will be banded at the age of four months. This chick is an only child because California Condors lay just one egg per nest.
So--why nest cams?
California Condors are critically endangered, and the Koford's Ridge nest cam project is part of the California Condor Recovery Program's effort to manage and learn more about their communities. All of the more than 400 condors now alive are descended from just 27 birds. These were brought into captivity in the early 1980s for what has turned out to be a successful captive breeding program; now the project's focus is on re-establishing these birds in the wild.
For more info on this nest, its habitants, and the people studying them, listen to our show broadcast on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Our guest Charles Eldermire from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology gave us all the details. Click here for the link. And remember to listen to us every week! Click How To Listen for our live stream, radio stations in your area, and an archive of all our shows.
To check out the California Condor nest cam project, click here.