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Condor Watch

Condor watch is using photos collected at California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) feeding stations to understand how the personalities and social status of individual birds may predispose them to lead poisoning and to eventually gather critical real-time information on the health and status of these highly vulnerable birds. California Condors are one of the world’s most endangered bird species with a population of only 22 condors in the early 1980s. Despite successful captive breeding and release efforts in recent years, the condor population remain heavily managed because they are frequently poisoned by lead from bullet fragments ingested in scavenged carcasses. Condor release sites, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and Ventana Wildlife Society, offer uncontaminated carcasses to birds as a way to lure them back for medical care and regular management activities. These feeding stations are equipped with automatically triggered cameras that have captured photographs of condors. The Condor Watch project is using citizen science to help us tag these photos so that they can be analyzed.

Project URL: https://www.condorwatch.org/

Geographic Scope: California

Status: Active

Recruiting Volunteers: Yes, this project is recruiting

Participation Tasks: Classification or tagging, Identification,

Start Date: 2014-04-14

Project Contact: myraf@ucsc.edu

Federal Government Sponsor:

Fish and Wildlife Service logo NPS logo

Other Federal Government Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Pinnacles National Park

Name of Nonfederal Sponsors: Montana State University Department of Ecology, University of California San Diego Division of Biological sciences, Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution Section, University of California Santa Cruz Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, University of Colorado Department of Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Biological Sciences, Ventana Wildlife Society, The Nature Conservancy, Santa Barbara Zoo

Project Topic: Animals, Biology, Ecology and environment, Nature and outdoors,

Intended Outcomes: Research development, Conservation,