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Welcome to condor spotter, an online guide that allows you to identify free flying California condors via their vinyl wing tags.

We have data on both the central California (Big Sur and Pinnacles) and southern California flocks.

There are around 80 California condors flying free in central California and a similar number flying free in southern California.

Instructions for using the guide are on the right. Note that if you have a smartphone (iPhone, iPad or Android phone), you can go to condorspotter.com on your phone's browser and get a version of this guide optimized for your phone.

This optimized version will even work if you are out in the field and have no phone signal, as long as you first visited and bookmarked when you did have a signal.

To learn more about the wild flocks that this guide currently covers, check out the following links:

Central California
Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS) began condor releases in Big Sur in 1997 and in 2003 initiated a second release site at Pinnacles National Park in collaboration with the National Parks Service (NPS).

Learn more about the VWS Big Sur flock
Learn more about the NPS Pinnacles flock

Southern California
The US Department of Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) began releasing California condors in southern California in 1992.

Learn more about the USFWS California Condor Recovery Program

Condor Spotter
To identify condors in the wild from their vinyl wing tags, first select the wild flock that matches your current location by either clicking the flock selector arrows or swiping the colored tags above to move between flocks.

Then select the color of the vinyl tag from that flock's options above and finally select the individual tag you saw to learn details of that bird.

A greyed out tag represents a bird that has died.

A smaller tags represents a bird that belongs to a different flock than the one currently selected. Selecting such a tag will change the currently selected flock.

Birds that are represented by their stud book number and not a tag are not part of the flocks covered by Condor Spotter.
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