VENTURA, Calif. (KXAN) — For the first time, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is live streaming a wild Califonia Condor egg hatch.
The camera, which is focused on a nest at the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Ventura County, went public Monday morning. Since the egg started pipping on April 2, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology says the chick should fully emerge some time on Monday. And emerge it did! The chick fully hatched around 9:30 a.m. PST. Scroll back on the YouTube video (below) to watch it!
1982: 22 birds
2016: Approximately 430 birds
We’re anxious and excited to not only be able to share this experience with the world, but also to open up the opportunity for more people to learn about California Condors, what makes them such remarkable birds, and the threats they face in the wild,” said Joseph Brandt, condor biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The female and male condor will raise the chick from an egg that was produced as part of the California Condor Recovery Program’s captive breeding effort at Los Angeles Zoo. The pair’s own egg disappeared in March, possibly taken by a predator. Biologists put a dummy egg in the nest so that the parents would continue to incubate. On April 3, the captive-bred egg was placed into the nest. The pair actually hatched their first chick in April 2015, but the chick died four months later from lead poisoning, which is the number one cause of death for wild California Condors.