GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- Three California condor chicks have hatched in the wild in northern Arizona for the first time during a breeding season.
The Peregrine Fund says the most recent chick was seen by field staff on Sept. 9. The other two chicks were observed last month.
Two of the chicks' nests are on the south rim of the Grand Canyon and another is on the Kaibab Plateau.
The wildlife group says they're excited to see California condors reproducing and increasing their numbers on their own.
The group says the three new chicks increases their confidence that the endangered bird will thrive again one day without help from humans.
The three chicks are now six months old and bring to 15 the number of chicks hatched in the wild since condors were first released in Arizona in 1996. Altogether there are 67 California condors in Arizona and Utah.