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Biologists confirm California condor nest in Zion National Park

By Mikayla Shoup, St. George News | Posted - Apr 3rd, 2019 @ 12:15pm



ST. GEORGE — Park biologists have confirmed the location of a California condor nest in Zion National Park, where a pair of condors are caring for the first egg they’ve produced together so far.

The nest is located on the cliff face of the Minotaur Tower to the north of Angels Landing, according to a Zion National Park Facebook post. Park biologists observed the pair performing a nest exchange, in which the condors switch places as they take turns sitting on the egg.

The park estimates the egg was laid mid-March, and should hatch during the first part of May if all goes well. It is the first egg produced by breeding pair 409 and 523. The mother, condor 409, can be identified by wing tag 9, and the father, condor 523, by wing tag J3.

These two birds were the only breeding pair recorded in the park in 2018, according to National Park Service records.

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