305. That is the number of wild California Condors known to exist as of October 1, 2007. 78 live in California and 63 in northern Arizona and southern Utah. A new chick fledged in the Grand Canyon this year. It was seen on October 24th and was seen to take a short flight above its nest cave which is just above the Redwall. Grand Canyon naturalists also saw it being fed by its mother. The fledgling is the sixth Arizona chick known to have fledged and the fourth confirmed with the Grand Canyon since the original release program began in 1996. Five of those are still alive.
Four more condors were released from the Vermilion Cliffs area of northern Arizona on October7th.
This photo of a fledgling is not this year’s Grand Canyon fledgling but, let’s face it, finding a good photo of a baby California Condor is almost as difficult as finding a real one. Click on the photo for an enlarged version.