In July, we reported on the joyful information that for the primary time, Utah had two California Condor nestlings in a single summer season. Now, there’s extra excellent news.
On August 28, the older of the 2 took its first flight, which means it reached the vital stage of fledging the nest. The fowl, referred to as Condor #1111, hatched in mid-April in a nest on a cliff in Zion Nationwide Park. The cliff is simply north of Angels Touchdown, a preferred mountaineering path at Zion.
In 2019, 1111’s mother and father hatched and fledged a teen referred to as Condor #1000, which was the 1,000th condor chick to hatch for the reason that restoration program started within the Nineteen Eighties.
Park rangers and volunteers are maintaining an in depth eye on nestling #1111, who’s estimated to be 4.5 months outdated. Though most condors take their first flight when they’re about 6 months outdated, #1111 remains to be throughout the noticed age vary for fledging. Condor #1111 will proceed to be depending on its mother and father for the following 12-14 months. As a result of the adults spend a lot time caring for his or her younger, wild condor pairs usually produce one egg each different 12 months.
“We’re elated to see the continued success of this condor pair in Zion Nationwide Park,” stated Tim Hauck, Condor Program Supervisor for The Peregrine Fund. “It’s actually an event for celebration within the restoration effort, but once more demonstrating the resiliency of the California Condor. What a spectacular web site, to see wild-hatched condors hovering amongst the towering rock formations of Zion Nationwide Park.”
The mom of condor chick #1111, condor #409 (tag 9), hatched in 2006 on the San Diego Zoo and was launched on the Vermilion Cliffs Nationwide Monument launch web site in 2008. The daddy, condor #523 (tag J3), hatched in 2009 at The Peregrine Fund’s World Middle for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho, and was launched on the Vermilion Cliffs launch web site in Arizona in 2011. The breeding pair have been collectively for 4 years since 409’s first mate died from lead poisoning in 2016. That is condor 409’s fourth confirmed nestling.
The opposite younger condor from this summer season hatched in a nest east of Zion on Bureau of Land Administration land. Hauck stated its mother and father proceed to take care of it, and it’s anticipated to fledge in early November.
Zion Nationwide Park officers remind rock climbers that each one routes on the east face of Angels Touchdown stay closed till additional discover as a consequence of condor exercise.
To see extra California Condors take flight, you possibly can watch on-line or go to the 26th annual condor launch at Vermilion Cliffs Nationwide Monument on Saturday, September 25.