Welcome to Condor Watch!
Hi and thank you for participating in Condor Watch! We are very excited about our project and hope you will be too. California condors are one of the rarest birds on earth and through Condor Watch we hope you will get know our California flock. We are going to analyze data that Condor Watch provides on which birds hang out together alongside all the data we have compiled on how often these birds are lead poisoned to see if we can identify social behaviors that might put a condor at greater risk for lead poisoning. In addition to the lead exposure question, we hope Condor Watch will more broadly increase our understanding of the flock’s social structure (we considered calling the site “Condor Facebook”) and how an individual bird’s place in the flock relates to its space use, breeding behavior, and exposure to other contaminants. Someone from the science team will be posting blogs and monitoring the discussion page regularly – so please let us know if you have questions about our project and do tag photos where you see something interesting.
Over the next few months, we will be posting blogs from each member of the Science Team so that you can get to know us a little better. We are excited to have you join us – we hope you enjoy watching condors as much as we do!
The Science Team.