As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

World watches rare moment of a condor egg hatching in the wild

Karina Nowysz
The Daily Buzz
April 5, 2016

Biologists from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are hoping that a rare live stream of a California condor chick hatching will help raise awareness about the endangered birds.

For the first time in history, biologists set up cameras in a cliff side nest at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Ventura Country, California, to capture a condor egg hatch in the wild, according to a news release.

“This live cam takes the viewer right into the nest cave with the condors to watch their behavior and hear the sounds they make,” Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams manager at the Cornell Lab, said in the news release.

“We hope it will really raise awareness about these spectacular but highly endangered birds and the threats they face. We know from past experience that people form a real emotional connection to the birds they see on the cams as they witness a part of nature they’ve never seen before,” he added.

Condor are the largest land bird in North America, known for feeding on carcasses of large mammals, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website.

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