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.
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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.
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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!
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: Aug 24, 2016