California Condor Nest Monitoring Volunteer Training

Learn to monitor parental care, egg and chick development, and maybe the first flight of the newest member of the wild condor flock.

When: Monday, April 22, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Call for location, Santa Barbara

Cost: Not available

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Volunteer


The California Condor nest monitoring program has increased nest success from a five year average of 6.5% to a six year average of 64.5%. Since the program began in 2007 there have been fledging by 18 wild condor chicks! Volunteer nest monitors are needed from March through November to monitor parental care, egg and chick development, and, if they’re lucky – the first flight of the newest member of the wild condor flock. The program is coordinated jointly by the Santa Barbara Zoo and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Volunteers work independently to drive to the field site, hike to a pre-determined observation point, watch condor nests from a distance, and record their observations using standardized protocol. Successful volunteers are able to devote a full day to condor observations to including travel to and from the remote back country sites and a minimum of two hours observing condors from a select location. Volunteers must observe at least twice a month. Some locations require strenuous hiking, while others are more accessible.

Volunteers should have their own hiking equipment, a high-clearance vehicle capable of driving on rocky roads, a good sense of adventure, and a strong desire to assist in the recovery of the California condor.

Mandatory trainings are Monday, February 18 (egg stage observing) and Monday, April 22 (chick stage observing) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ventura USFWS office and advance registration is required. Alternate dates may be available. For more information or to register for the trainings, email Ria Boner at

Phone: 805-962-5339

Event posted Jan. 30, 2013
Last updated Jan. 30, 2013


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