VENTANA WILDLIFE SOCIETY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2015
Kelly Sorenson, Ventana Wildlife Society, (831) 455-9514
Mystery Condor Discovered by Biologists
Over the holidays, Ventana Wildlife Society biologists discovered a mystery condor at its wildlife sanctuary in Big Sur, California. This juvenile condor was seen with adult condors, #209, aka "Shadow" http://mycondor.org/condorprofiles/condor209.html and #231, aka "Wild 1" http://mycondor.org/condorprofiles/condor231.html , which are a breeding pair. This pair of condors is suspected of nesting in a remote portion of the Ventana Wilderness in the Arroyo Seco drainage and are the most likely parents for the mystery bird. Biologists have never entered the nest because of the area’s inaccessibility.
This would be the third chick for #209, the suspected father, and is perhaps the best Christmas present we could ask for, said "Kelly Sorenson, VWS executive director. "This is truly exciting to witness as it offers another example of condors surviving on their own."
The total condor population now stands at 425 individuals (captive and wild) of which 116 are living in the wilds of California. Condor populations are also found in Baja California, Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
ABOUT VENTANA WILDLIFE SOCIETY:
Founded in 1977, Ventana Wildlife Society led the way to successful reintroduction of the Bald Eagle and the California Condor, two of the most iconic birds in the world, to native habitats in central California. Through the course of our work, we developed an organizational culture that strongly values science, education and collaboration and regularly found ways for both wildlife and people to benefit from one another. VWS recovers individual species and tracks the populations of many others so that conservation can be timely as well as effective. Focusing on youth education, we better ensure that future generations have the willingness and capacity to help wildlife. Our vision is to have a society who cares for and supports wildlife across the planet, particularly in California. http://www.ventanaws.org/> .
Condors in the wild can been seen by live streaming video at http://www.ventanaws.org/condor_cam thanks to the Oakland Zoo, Camzone Networks and FedEx and Ventana Wildlife Society.