We had stopped at a sizeable pull-off opposite a deep canyon which led up toward the high country of the Ventana Wilderness. No soaring condors in the sky above the fire-scarred peaks. Turkey Vultures. A couple of Red-tails. A Cooper's. We debated going "just a couple more miles maybe?" versus turning and heading back north. Suddenly a bright white splotch high on a very steep wooded slope above towering ledges caught my husband's eye.
|California Condors, Big Sur February 2012|
from video clip; Susan Fogleman all rights reserved
For recent information about the Condor Recovery Project and the efforts of the Ventana Wildlife Society check out the newsletter Ventana News and also click on links you can find there. According to the VWS condorblog as of April 25 this year there were seven nests in central CA, at least 5 were still active, and two of those have nestlings. I'd like to think that one of those chicks is the offspring of the birds we saw that February afternoon.
|photo by W. Fogleman 2/2012|