California Condor Facts
Learn everything you need to know about the California condor by clicking the link below!
Environmental Conservation Online System
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
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.
Go To The Condor Cave...
Calif. Condor 5-Year Review
The Service recently completed the five-year review for endangered California Condor.
California Condors on Hopper Mountain NWR
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
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.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge are offering two special California condor viewing tours for the public this spring. Though the refuge is currently closed to the public and has been since its establishment in 1974 due to the sensitive nature of California condor recovery activities, we are excited to have arranged public field trips to see these magnificent birds and their habitat.
The tours will take place on Friday, March 20, and Friday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are limited to 20 people each day.
Get details here...Visitor Activities- Condor Observation Tours 2015
- April 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
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
Hopper Mountain NWR Complex
Hopper Mountain is managed as part of the Hopper Mountain NWR Complex, which also oversees Bitter Creek, Blue Ridge, and Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes NWRs, totaling 20,015 acres of conserved land.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015