California condor 1000 is one of five wild hatched condor chicks to successfully fledge from their nests in the Southwestern wild population, making it an annual record number of chicks, or nestlings, within the region.
Condor 1000, or 1K, was hatched at Zion National Park this spring from the mating pair 409, a female with wing tag 9, and 523, a male with wing tag J3. The 2019 season was condor 409's third attempt and first successful nesting effort.
There are currently four wild population areas for California condors: Baja California, Mexico; Central California; Southern California; and Southwestern U.S. There are currently 98 free flying condors in the Southwestern wild population, and as of December 2018, an overall wild population of 312 birds.
There were 22 condors left in the world in the 1980s, which resulted in the development of the California Condor Recovery Program to save the species from extinction. Six captive-bred condors were released into the wild at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument by the Peregrine Fund in 1996, and since then, the National Park Service has been a partner with them and others in the Southwest Condor Working Group to recover the population.
Zion National Park provides a protected land resource for breeding, nesting and scavenging habitat with minimized threats. The park's wildlife, interpretation, and volunteer programs monitor condor activity, population, nests, and overall health within the park boundaries as well as educates visitors about the species and recovery efforts.
The Peregrine Fund leads all condor releases for the Southwestern population at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument.
The Southwestern, or Arizona-Utah, recovery eﬀort is a cooperative program by federal, state and private partners, including The Peregrine Fund, Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management's Vermilion Cliﬀs National Monument, Grand Canyon and Zion national parks, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Kaibab and Dixie National Forests among many others.
Photo courtesy of Alan Clampitt