UPDATE: The Yurok Tribe has announced they are pushing back A0’s date with destiny:
The release has been postponed to Wednesday due to a change in the weather forecast. REVISED: At around 8:30am Wednesday, May 25, 2022, the Northern California Condor Restoration Program will facilitate the release of the third condor to soar over Yurok skies in more than a century. The release of condor A0 can be viewed live on the Yurok Condor Cam.
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Yurok Tribe release:
At around 8:30am tomorrow (Tuesday, May 24, 2022), the Northern California Condor Restoration Program will facilitate the release of the third condor to soar over Yurok skies in more than a century. The release of condor A0 can be viewed live on the Yurok Condor Cam - https://www.yuroktribe.org/yurok-condor-live-feed
Prior to its reintroduction, condor A0 must voluntarily enter and exit a release structure, which is attached to the main flight pen. If the bird does not depart from the staging area, a second release attempt will be made in the near future. This deliberate procedure was successfully employed in the release of the first two condors earlier this month.
On May 3, 2022, the NCCRP, a partnership between the Yurok Tribe and Redwood National and State Parks (NPS) reintroduced the first two condors to fly free in the redwood region since 1892. Both birds are healthy and adapting well to their new environment.
A fourth condor will be released at a later date. The staggered release process seeks to provide the best conditions for the birds. Staggering condor releases, whereby biologists release one or two condors at a time, rather than the entire group at once, is a management strategy that allows close observation and management of individual birds. Following releases, biologists must monitor condors to see that they display appropriate behavior. Additionally, keeping one or more birds in the pen after initial releases maintains a social draw to the release site, which encourages the released condors to remain near to the release facility where they may interact with remaining captive condors. For more information about the staggered release strategy, please watch the following video with Yurok Condor Restoration Program Manager Chris West, who also oversees the NCCRP: https://bit.ly/3NBienT
For at least the next two decades, the Northern California Condor Restoration Program will release two condor cohorts per year.
The Yurok Tribe started working on condor reintroduction in 2008. With support from Redwood National Park, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as the Administration for Native Americans, Pacific Gas and Electric and many other contributors, such as the Global Conservation Fund and the Redwood National Park Foundation, the Yurok Wildlife Department completed the tremendous amount of work required to reintroduce this critically endangered species. The following tasks represent a small fraction of what they had to accomplish in order to make condor reintroduction a reality: extensive environmental assessments, contaminant analyses, constant fundraising, planning, designing and constructing facilities, performing intensive community outreach and coordinating with numerous stakeholders and collaborators.
For more information about the Northern California condor recovery effort - https://bit.ly/3Nx9C1u
To support the Yurok Tribe’s condor work - https://bit.ly/3LH1JF8
- (AUDIO) The Yurok Tribe Will Reintroduce Four Young Condors Into Their Ancestral Skies This Spring
- The First Two Condors to Fly Over Northern California in a Century Will Be Released Tuesday Morning and You Can Livestream It
- (WATCH) Here is the Moment Two Condors Took Flight Above Northern California For the First Time in Over a Hundred Years