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  • Condor Kids Third Grade Curriculum

    Condor Kids Third Grade Curriculum

    Promote conservation and awareness in the classroom with the new condor kids 3rd grade curriculum.

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    Upcoming Condor Tours March 25 & July 8

    Book your spot on a tour of Hopper Mountain with a chance of seeing condors in the wild. Contact Dan Tappe at

    Visitor Activities

  • California Condor Taking Flight

    California Condor Facts

    Learn everything you need to know about the California condor by clicking the link below!

    Environmental Conservation Online System

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    New Refuge CCP Completed

    The refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan is finished. It will guide refuge management for the next 15 years.

    Comprehensive Conservation Plan September 2013

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    Explore the Condor Cave

    Witness the daily life of a condor chick from a webcam inside the nest! Visit our new Facebook page to see all the clips.

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California Condors on Hopper Mountain NWR

About Condors on Hopper Mountain NWR

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Hopper Mountain NWR provides roosting, breeding, and foraging habitat for the federally endangered California Condor. Learn more about the refuge and the California Condor Recovery Program here, including its history.

About the Refuge

About the Complex

Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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The Hopper Mountain NWR Complex manages four National Wildlife Refuges, and is headquartered in Ventura, California. It serves as the lead office for the California Condor Recovery Program.

Hopper Mountain is managed as part of the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • Home for the Holidays!


    A 35-year-old male California condor that has served a pivotal role in returning condors to the skies above California for the past 30 years was returned to the wild on December 29, 2015 by biologists at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Kern County, California. The condor, known as AC-4, was captured on August 7, 1985, by a team of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) biologists at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge as part of an effort to prevent extinction of the species. He was one of 22 California condors - the last remaining on Earth - captured between 1983 and 1987 to breed in captivity as part of the Service-led California Condor Recovery Program. On December 29, re-branded as California condor number 20, he was released in the same area where he was captured.

    Learn more about condor AC-4!
  • Condor Cam now live!

    condor cam thumbnailAugust 26, 2015

    Biologists installed the webcams in two condor nests located in the rugged terrain of Ventura and Monterey counties to provide the public with viewing access to California condor chicks and their parents. The nest cameras also demonstrate the diversity of condor nesting habitat, from 200-foot redwood trees along the Big Sur coastline to cliff-side crevices in the mountains above the small town of Fillmore, California.

  • On Hopper Mountain, Conservation is Done 'One Egg at a Time'

    Devil's gate chick post-evacuation safely in his nestApril 09, 2013

    By Marie McCann, intern with the Condor Recovery Program “Marie, Marie, This is Joseph. Do you copy?" As I heard those words from supervisory wildlife biologist Joseph Brandt, my thumb hovered over the radio receiver as I hesitated to reply. Brandt and biological technician Devon Lang Pryor had just hiked through the steep terrain and thick chaparral of Hopper Canyon. Relaying back to me from inside the suspected nest cavity of a California condor, Brandt had rappelled down the rugged cliff face to check if there was an egg. “Marie…there is an egg."

    On Hopper Mountain, Conservation is Done One Egg at a Time
  • The latest on Condor Population Numbers

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    Visit our population updates page to find out the latest about the condor population numbers, and to see past archives dated back to 2011.

    Condor Population Updates
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 08, 2016
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