Since then, after a breeding program was put in place, more than 230 condors have been released back into the wild where they have begun to slowly resettle their natural range. Lupine, who was released along the Big Sur coast in 2013, has traveled farther north than any other released condor to date -- returning a balance to the local ecosystem.
"The coast is really important for condors today because of the abundance of marine mammal carcasses for them to eat, and it will be interesting to see if additional visits by condors to San Mateo or Santa Cruz County occur in the future." says Karen Bepler-Dorn, superintendent of Pinnacles National Park, where Lupin had been caught on film.
"It is exciting to find that the condor is expanding its' range, and equally rewarding that it was our local community helping to make the discovery."