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California Condor Profiles and LIfe Histories
Condor #583 "Blue Curls"
Sex: Female Hatch Location & Date: World Center For Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho, 5/17/2010 Release Date: 1/12/2012 Parents:  #99 and #88 Local Biological Siblings: #400 Breeding Status: Unpaired Offspring: None
Blue Curls is named after a unique flower found in Big Sur: Trichostema lanatum, or "woolly blue curls." This was a flower beloved by our late crew leader, Mike Tyner. Blue Curls was indeed a bit of a "late bloomer." She was the last bird of her captive-bred cohort to be released and it took her a while to follow her fellow juvenile condors out of the flight pen to start soaring the Big Sur skies. But when she took her first step outside of the flight pen, little Blue Curls hop-flapped and skipped with her wings out-stretched and headed up the slope to freedom! After she felt confident enough, she rose in jubilant circles and it was apparent that she had flowered into an independent and excited young condor!

She has shown an aloof and solitary nature so far, sometimes eluding the watchful eyes of our staff when in transit between the Big Sur coastline and Pinnacles. Still, she is comfortable feeding and socializing well with other condors, an important behavior for life in the wild. We have seen qualities of a winner in Blue Curls and will continue to root for her as her life blossoms.
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