Watch the birdie! Online streaming of condor nest available

A team of wildlife conservationists have installed a web camera on a condor nest located in Big Sur, California, to allow bird watchers and scientists to monitor the lives of the endangered birds.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began the project on 2010 and selected a pair of condors for the project, according to an article on TechTimes.

Mother condor is identified as condor number 111, and is a 21-year-old female.  Her mate is designated condor number 509, and is a six-year-old that was fledged from a nest at the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge.

The couple, who have been together since 2006, has produced two offspring, both female, hatched in May of this year.  They have been given the designations of condor numbers 167 and 190, and have been nicknamed “Kingpin” and “Redwood Queen” respectively.

Experts think the young condors will be ready to leave the nest in October.

The mother, condor number 111, has four other surviving offspring, who are now part of the condor flock of southern California.

There are two live-streaming cameras in nests, located at the Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Sanctuary and at the Hopper Mountain Wildlife Refuge.

Kelly Sorenson, executive director of the Ventana Wildlife Society said, “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.”

The California Condor Recovery Program has been successful.  The program, designed to rehabilitate endangered species, established its nineteenth condor nest in the wild this year.

The webcam project in the Big Sur received technical and financial assistance from the Oakland Zoo, HDonTap, FedEx and the Ventana Wildlife Society.

Visit the official websites of the Oakland Zoo and the Ventana Wildlife Society to view the streaming videos.

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