USNPS verifies successful condor chick hatching at Pinnacles NMon

Biologists at Pinnacles National Monument have verified the successful hatching of a condor egg inside the monument. The young nestling is the first California condor known to hatch at Pinnacles in over 100 years.

Two seven-year-old condors -- Condor 317, a female released at the monument in 2004, and Condor 318, a male released along the Big Sur coast by Ventana Wildlife Society -- were seen in courtship displays during the winter and paired up for their first breeding attempt.

NPS wildlife biologist Daniel George reports that the first-time parent condors have been exhibiting normal behavior, regularly feeding and incubating the new nestling. The milestone highlights regional efforts to bring the condor back from the brink of extinction.

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