How the Condor Cam Helps
Our Condor Cam system successfully
solved a monitoring and management problem often faced
by conservationists: the need to observe without being
seen. By enabling observation of the condors from a
distance, the Condor Cam proved extremely valuable as
a condor management tool. A permanent visual record
could be saved of any unusual behaviors. The birds
weight and general health could be monitored.
Because the Condor Cam system is also
designed to transmit condor images to the Internet,
the condors could have been seen by millions on both
the TerraFocus Web site and on the Ventana Wilderness
Societys Web site.
The Condor Cam would take you right
into the pens where condor chicks are prepared for release
into the wild in northern California at the Pinnacles
National Monument. You would also have been able to
see free-flying condors that were previously released
and then returned to visit the new chicks (condors are
very social animals) or to feed on carcasses (stillborn
calves from a nearby dairy) that are provided by VWS.
Sadly, after over two years of work
on the project, we were not able to implement the Condor
Cam II system due to administrative and location issues
with the relocated release site, So, we are not able
to transmit live images to the Internet. Condor Cam
I provided local observation capabilities to the Ventana
Wilderness Society at their Big Sur release site.