On April 28th and 29th some of the scientists involved with CondorWatch (Vickie Bakker, Dan Doak, Myra Finkelstein and Zeka Kuspa) held a workshop with condor biologists and managers to talk condor conservation. The workshop centered around how we can use models to predict the future population health of condors given different management scenarios. This approach is very useful for managers to understand how different threats and actions can influence a species’s future survival.
We had a productive workshop and one topic talked about A LOT was the importance of social structure to individual behavior. Indeed the field biologists again hypothesized that birds that hang out together may have similar lead exposure risks, and thus understanding social structure could help prioritize at-risk birds for enhanced monitoring. We think the knowledge of how social behavior influences a condor’s risk of lead poisoning (among other things) gained through the CondorWatch project will be critical to helping ensure that condors keep flying over our skies in the future!
So, thank you for your help with CondorWatch!
The Science Team