Since 2014, GBI AmeriCorps interns have worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex to manage the California Condor Recovery Program in Southern California. This work involves monitoring nests and tracking newly fledged chicks, as well as trap and release activities to assess the health of these majestic but critically endangered birds.
California Condors typically begin courting one another in the fall, and one pair has provided us with a front row seat to this behavior. Condor #20 began strutting for Condor #654 while the pair were in temporary captivity for their bi-annual check up at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge.
To watch the video footage captured by GBI Intern Kylie Smith, click HERE.
After their unsuccessful attempt to nest last year, we are wishing #20 and #654 all the best in 2018.