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California Condors Released In Virtual Event This Year

Published: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 9:37am
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For 25 years, The Peregrine Fund has been releasing condors into the wild at the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.

But bird watchers who annually gather in northern Arizona will be doing so virtually this year.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Arizona Game and Fish department will showcase the event Sept. 26 on the Fund’s YouTube channel at 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Tim Hauck, lead condor biologist for the Fund, stated in a press release, “While we were disappointed that we can’t hold the live, in-person event this year, we are excited about the opportunity for a more global reach with the virtual event, and that people who normally can’t make the trip will get a chance to experience it with us.”

The condors come from partner organizations like zoos in California and Oregon and the Fund’s own World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho.

They are then transported for release in Arizona.

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