25th annual public California Condor release

On Saturday, September 26, the 25th annual public California Condor release is taking flight…virtually!

Every year thousands of people gather at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona to watch one of conservation’s biggest spectacles – the release of captive-bred California Condors to the wild. This day is a celebration of the dedication and tenacity that hundreds of people have put into bringing the iconic California Condor back from the brink of extinction.

In the 1980's, there were only 22 individual birds left on the planet, yet today they stand at nearly 500. This year, with Covid-19 affecting the ability to gather in large groups, an in-person public release at the Vermilion Cliffs will not take place but the celebration will go on at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3SpC3qZM3M.