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January 20, 2011

WiLDCOAST volunteers at la Sierra de San Pedro Martir

Marianne and Diego supporting California condor program activities

From December 21st 2010 to January 11th 2011, WiLDCOAST volunteers traveled to la Sierra de San Pedro Martir to support the Condor reintroduction program fieldwork crews. The days started at 7 am to feed the dogs and rabbits, carry wood, clean the chimney, make fire, clean the kitchen and cook. After these basic chores, telemetry monitoring is carried out. Data regarding condor number, flight direction, time and weather conditions, is registered in the logbook. This data is captured using Geographical Information System (GIS) in order to study the condor movements. With GIS, it is also possible to produce maps that tell us how these great birds use the territory.

Volunteers let us know that the most commonly seen condors are the ones nesting on the Punta San Pedro cliffs.  They also note that juveniles are very curious and fly away often to the south or north and stay away for one or two days.

During their stay, volunteers experimented the lowest of mountain temperatures, and got a taste of the arduous work to maintain the California condor project 

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