Tomorrow — March 25, 2014, at 10:00am Pacific Standard time, four California condors will be released into the wild for the first time by Ventana Wildlife Society biologists. People around the world will have the ability to watch these endangered birds in real-time transition from captivity to life in the wild via a live-streaming webcam in Big Sur, California.
“A typical condor release is largely uneventful as we want the birds to comfortably and slowly make this transition successfully. The actual release itself is just the opening of the enclosure door and is the kind of thing that is best watched over a period of days and even weeks since it is up to the condors what they do next” said Ventana Wildlife Society Executive Director, Kelly Sorenson.
One of the birds being released is condor #646 who suffered a broken wing in 2013 while still a chick. At just two months old, this female condor was recovered from the nest and taken to the Los Angeles Zoo for treatment. She is now ready to be released less than a mile from her parents and the nest she was born into.
The Live-Streaming Webcam can be viewed at both Oakland Zoo and Ventana Wildlife Society’s websites: