Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Condor pair at AB nest

    2017 Annual Report

    Check out our 2017 annual report!

    2017 California Condor Annual Report

  • DG17 Nest Camera View

    Condor nest camera now live!

    Brought to you by a partnership with Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Santa Barbara Zoo.

    View camera live

  • Condor Kids Third Grade Curriculum

    CondorKids Third Grade Curriculum

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

    Learn more

  • Condor cave profile pic

    Explore the Condor Cave

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

    The Condor Cave


Giant Kangaroo Rat documented on BCNWR

Giant Kangaroo Rat at BC

Habitat improvements on Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge lead to first capture of a giant kangaroo rat.

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The latest on Condor Population Numbers

HB adult condor with egg

Visit our Condor Population Updates for the latest, and past archives.

Condor Population Updates
California Condors at Bitter Creek NWR

California Condors on Bitter Creek NWR

526 in snag with ravens

Bitter Creek NWR is an important part of the recovery of the California condor because it serves as the main release site for the Southern California population.

California Condors at Bitter Creek

About the Complex

Hopper Mountain NWR Complex

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

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS