First-Ever Condor Cam Now Streaming Live From Big Sur

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The first California condor cam took flight in Big Sur Monday, allowing the public and scientists a glimpse of the endangered bird in the wild.

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A condor in flight in Big Sur last summer. The new condor cam will help scientists monitor the birds — and let the general public get a look at them in the wild well. (Credit: Associated Press)

The solar-powered webcam, installed by the Oakland Zoo and Ventana Wildlife Society, is the first to monitor the largest North American land bird in the wild and will aid preservation efforts, according to the society.

But viewers beware. Listed below the live stream is a message for visitors: “Viewer discretion advised. May contain graphic feeding images.” Several times a week biologists put stillborn calves out for the birds to feed on. A camera stream of tumbling panda cubs this is not.

“We put the camera right on top of one of the main feeding areas so we could zoom down and get identification of each individual,” Kelly Sorenson, executive director of the Ventana Wildlife Society,  told the San Jose Mercury News.

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