Condor Hatches at Pinnacles National Monument for First Time in 100 Years

For the first time in more than 100 years, a condor chick has hatched at Pinnacles National Monument — a milestone that reflects efforts to bring the condor back from the brink of extinction. The first-time parent condors are behaving normally — regularly feeding and incubating the new nestling, according to a news release by the National Park Service. Two 7-year-old condors, a male and a female, released along the Big Sur coast by the Ventana Wildlife Society, were seen in courtship displays during the winter and paired up for their first breeding attempt. Though the areas directly surrounding the nest cliff will be closed to the public during the nesting period, public viewing is still possible, although it will take a hike to get there. The viewing area is about two miles from the closest parking areas. Biologists are closely monitoring the nest through the breeding cycle. Nestlings remain flightless for five to six months.