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Features

  • Condor pair at AB nest

    2018 Annual Report

    The 2018 California Condor Field Team Annual Report is now available!

    2018 California Condor Annual Report

  • Two adult condors sit together with their chick next to them on the Hutton's Bowl 2021 Condor Nest Cam

    Hutton's Bowl Condor NestCam 2021!

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

    Watch the live condor cam here!

  • Condor Kids Third Grade Curriculum cover

    CondorKids and CondorExplorers

    Promote conservation and awareness in the classroom with the new CondorKids 3rd grade and CondorExplorers middle school 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

News

Giant Kangaroo Rat documented on BCNWR

Giant Kangaroo Rat in held up in hand in fron of golden hill and blue, pink, and purple sunset at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge

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

Learn more

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.

Click here for more information

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

Explore the Condor Cave

Condor cave profile pic

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

The Condor Cave
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

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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