A team of conservationists has set up web cameras to examine the behavior of the endangered Californian condor.
A team of wildlife conservationists in Big Sur, California have set up live-streaming web cameras on the nests of California condors, writes the Northern Californian. This will allow scientists and bird watchers from all over the world the opportunity to examine the lives of these endangered birds.
The project, initially conceived by some employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in 2010, will attempt to monitor two endangered California condors which have been labeled condor number 111 and condor number 509.
Condor number 111 is a 21-year-old female bird that has taken part in several breeding projects. She has already produced four surviving offspring which are now part of a condor flock in southern California.
Condor number 509 is a six-year-old male that was fledged from a wild condor nest at the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge.
The pair have two chicks, which have been labeled condor number 167 and condor number 190, but are informally called “Kingpin” and “Redwood Queen” respectively. Both chicks are female and were hatched in May.
The live-streaming nests are located at the Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Sanctuary in central California, and at the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in southern California.
“Now, anyone with an internet connection can not only watch condors at two release sites, but now observe their behavior in wild nests, which is truly extraordinary,” Kelly Sorenson, executive director of the Ventana Wildlife Society, has reported