Rare bird spotted inside Zion National Park

The California condor sighting in the park is a promising signal for the species.

(Shane Wayment) On their hike to Angels Landing, Jessie Gariepy and Shane Wayment arrived throughout a teenage California condor, acknowledged by point out biologists and park officers as #1111.

On their hike up Angels Landing in Zion Nationwide Park, Jessie Gariepy and Shane Wayment arrived throughout a teenage California condor identified by point out biologists and park officials as #1111. The juvenile chook is people today-pleasant, photogenic and lives off a nest cave north of the iconic sandstone hike.

The Utah Division of All-natural Sources shared a photo of #1111 on its Twitter page final 7 days in component simply because the sight is so rare.

There are about 100 California wild condors that reside and migrate among southern Utah and Northern Arizona, which include the nesting locations of Zion and Grand Canyon nationwide parks, in accordance to the Nationwide Park Company. As a critically endangered species, California condors are thriving beneath the defense of the federal endangered species regulation and the initiatives of nonprofits such as the Peregrine Fund, which is doing work to support convey this chicken back again from in close proximity to extinction.

The California condors had been virtually extinct in the 1980s — at 1 point there had been only 22 birds, according to the Peregrine Fund. There are now a documented 500 birds all over the world traveling from southern Utah to Mexico.

These scavenging birds often die from direct poisoning right after ingesting bullet fragments embedded in intestine piles left by hunters.

While Wayment gets the credit for the photograph that the Utah Section of Natural Assets shared of #1111 on Twitter, Gariepy is the particular person to see the younger chook. Born past spring, #1111 is the next condor at any time to fledge, or learn to fly, in Zion. The very first chicken, #1000, was its more mature sibling, in accordance to the Nationwide Park Service.

Most condors in Zion are tagged with a tracker, but #1111 is not, suggests Jonathan Shafer, spokesman for Zion National Park. #1111 parents’ are mom condor #409 and father condor #523.

(Shane Wayment) On their hike to Angels Landing, Jessie Gariepy and Shane Wayment arrived across a teenage California condor, regarded by condition biologists and park officials as #1111.

“California condors are curious and are in some cases captivated to human activity. They are usually witnessed in Zion perched on or soaring over Angels Landing and on the Kolob Terrace Highway near Lava Issue,” Shafer advised The Tribune. “If a fowl is perched, do not strategy it or offer you food. If a condor is in close proximity to men and women, remember to be aware its tag range and convey to a park ranger.”

Russell Norvell, Avian Conservation Software Coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, claimed that the Endangered Species Act is bringing the hen again from extinction.

“I believe ESA is not the only option for chicken conservation,” Norvell explained. “But for the California condor in this population, it has been the backbone, I consider, of our recovery initiatives.”

Wayment states that on his hike again down Angels Landing, he saw #1111 perched on yet another cliff edge. Observing the chook in its normal habitat was distinctive for him. “To be up shut and individual with in all probability the rarest chook on Earth is fairly unique,” he claimed.

Wanting to get away from the Wasatch Entrance, both Garipy and Wayment resolved to travel down to southern Utah on a whim very last week. When they arrived inside the park, they straight away drove towards Angels Landing. In contrast to all through the peak period, the few was equipped to push to the trailhead with no going through the pilot lottery program to hike Angels Landing, which took outcome this new year.

Jan. 20 was the past day for the public to position a bid to hike Angels Landing in the spring. The very first lottery for Angels Landing took location from Jan. 1 to 20 for hikes among April 1 and May perhaps 31.