Public Encouraged to Attend Virtual California Condor Release Due to Increased COVID-19 Transmission in Local Area

VERMILION CLIFFS, Ariz. – Due to high Covid-19 transmission levels in counties surrounding the 
condor release site, and to help prevent further spread of the virus, partners hosting the 26ᵗʰ 
annual California condor release are strongly encouraging the public to attend the live stream 
event online.

In 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the team took the celebration online with more than 10,000 
viewers of the event. Because of that success, the event will be live streamed again this year.

The programming for the live virtual event will begin at 12:30 (MDT) 11:30 am (MST). The release 
pen will be open at 1pm (MDT) 12pm (MST).

Condor Program Manager for The Peregrine Fund, Tim Hauck says, “We are unable to schedule exactly 
when the birds will choose to leave their release pen, so the live stream event will have a 
picture-in-picture set up with a camera trained on the release pen and will include
nd interviews with the condor biologists and conservationists who work with these
massive birds! Viewers will also be able to ask us questions and have them answered live by our team.”

Set a reminder to join the live stream of the condor release on The Peregrine Fund’s YouTube Channel!

Information about attending the event in person:
Details: In following with CDC guidelines in place for gatherings, masks are required to attend the event and social distancing is strongly encouraged.

For more information about this California Condor recovery project:

California Condors circling Vermilion Cliffs NatMon
California Condors circling above Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Photo by Jim Shane


Tim Hauck, The Peregrine Fund, (588) 747-5885
Rachel Carnahan, Bureau of Land Management, (435) 688-3303
Brian J. Wooldridge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (928) 266-5451
Faith Heaton Jolley, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, (385) 266-2640
Janice Stroud-Settles, Zion National Park, (435) 772-0212
James Driscoll, Arizona Game and Fish Department, (623) 236-7230
Joelle Baird, Grand Canyon National Park, (928) 638-7609
Brienne Pettit, Kaibab National Forest, (928) 310-6035

Founded in 1970, The Peregrine Fund worked to save the Peregrine Falcon from going extinct in North America. Today the Peregrine Fund changes the future for nature and humanity by conserving birds of prey worldwide. Whether the threat is poisoning, habitat loss, human persecution, or any other cause, we use sound science to tackle the most pressing conservation issues head-on. We accomplish high impact results by preventing raptor extinctions, protecting areas of high raptor conservation value, and addressing landscape-level threats impacting multiple species. As a catalyst for change, we inspire people to value raptors and take action, and we invest
in tomorrow's conservation leaders. By working with communities around the world to protect the wildlife and habitats on which they depend, we are able to create lasting conservation results while improving people’s ways of life. Support for our work comes from individual donors, corporations, foundations, and government grants

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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Rachel Carnahan, Arizona Strip District Public Affairs Specialist