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California condor in flgiht.
California condor chick #933 taking flight in Santa Barbara County. Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo

California Condor Chick Sets Milestones in Santa Barbara County

December 11, 2018

For the first time in more than three decades, an endangered California condor chick has successfully fledged from a cliff-side nest in Santa Barbara County.  Last month, condor number 933 took its first short flight after being raised by its parents for six months in the northern Santa Barbara backcountry of Los Padres National Forest. This chick represents another milestone in the condor recovery program: the first second-generation wild fledgling in Southern California. Its father fledged from the Santa Barbara backcountry in 1980.
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Wading birds at J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
Wading birds at J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: George Gentry/USFWS

National Wildlife Refuges Announce 2019 Fee-Free Days!

December 6, 2018
Across America, national wildlife refuges offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors amid scenic beauty. Thirty refuges that normally charge entrance fees will offer free admission on certain days in 2019, and nearly 500 other refuges are free year-round. Wildlife refuges offer world-class recreation, from fishing, hunting and wildlife observation to photography and environmental education. Every state and U.S. territory has at least one national wildlife refuge.
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Wisdom standing over her egg with wings spread out.
Wisdom and her egg on Midway Atoll in 2018. Credit: Madalyn Riley/USFWS

A Yearly Dose of Wisdom

December 6, 2018
Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and the world’s oldest known wild bird has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. She first appeared back at her traditional nest site on November 29 and biologists on Midway have confirmed that she has laid an egg.  Wisdom was first banded as an adult in 1956, making her at least 68 years old.
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