Archive for September, 2008

Wild Condors Recover

Posted at 1:12 pm September 26, 2008 by Yadira Galindo

Although two birds were lost during the summer wildfires in Big Sur, California, the rest of the birds survived and are being closely monitored by biologists with the Ventana Wildlife Society.

Meet a Marvelous Mentor: Itaxmay

Posted at 12:16 pm September 24, 2008 by Ron Webb

When people hear about California condors at a captive breeding facility, they understandably assume that all birds there are involved in breeding pairs, or are chicks waiting to be released to the wild. In actuality, one of the most important roles a captive condor can play is the job of mentor.

Walking on Egg Shells During Incubation

Posted at 9:56 am September 24, 2008 by Bird Keeper

Like the other ten California condor eggs laid this season, egg #0810 was pulled to artificial incubation so its progress could be closely monitored. On day 8 of incubation, the signs of a possible embryo malposition (upside-down, opposite of what is normal) were noted in the records.

Rebuild It and They Will Come

Posted at 12:47 pm September 23, 2008 by Bird Keeper

Exciting times with the Wild Animal Park’s condor conservation program! This year’s chicks are getting bigger and stronger, and the people doing the toughest work now are those rebuilding our burnt down facility. It took some time to get all the insurance issues and clean up taken care of, but since the construction started it has been going a thousand miles per hour.

Searching for Condors in Big Sur – Part II

Posted at 10:20 am September 23, 2008 by Yadira Galindo

Click here for part I.

On our second day in Big Sur, Calif. we traveled to the Ventana Wildlife Society’s base camp to meet the staff and see the damage from the summer wildfires. As we changed gears into 4×4, we began to see veins of vegetation surrounded by scorched earth or ash everywhere. How did the fire decide to burn this section but not the next? It moved like a river, meandering through the hillsides. Even in August, there was still ash several inches deep.