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California Condor

Condor Sighted

California Condor Makes Rare NorCal Appearance Near Pescadero

A California condor that was released into the wild last year has been spotted in a part of Northern California where the endangered species hasn’t been seen in more than a century.

06/14/2014

California Condor

First Bird Admitted To Oakland Zoo’s New Condor Recovery Center

For the first time ever a California condor is being cared for at a new Oakland Zoo recovery center. The facility makes it possible for Northern California to take part in saving this endangered species.

05/06/2014

California Condor

Release Of California Condors Into Wild At Big Sur To Be Webcast

A live-streaming camera will broadcast the release of four endangered California condors into the Big Sur wilderness.

03/24/2014

A rare and endangered California condor lands on a ledge in Marble Gorge, east of Grand Canyon National Park, on March 24, 2007 west of Page, Arizona. Condor managers taking blood samples from the 57 wild condors in Arizona both before and after hunting season find that all 57 condors test positive for contamination by lead matching the isotropic fingerprint of the lead commonly used in ammunition, and that those levels rise significantly by the end of the season. Many of the condors become so sick that biologists must re-capture them for lead-poisoning treatments. Several die each year. Experts believe the condors are ingesting the lead as they scavenge gut piles left behind hunters because lead bullets shatter and fragment inside the kill. Officials in Arizona are encouraging hunters to use copper bullets instead of lead-based ammunition and in California, a coalition of conservation groups has sued the California Fish and Game Commission in an effort to force a ban on lead ammunition in Condor ranges. The condors in the Marble Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs area easily fly as far west as Lake Mead, by way of the Grand Canyon, and to Zion National Park and far into Utah. With a wingspan up to 9 ? feet, they are the largest flying birds in North America. In 1982, when the world population of California condors dropped to only 22 and extinction was believed eminent, biologist captured them and began a captive breeding and release program which has increased the total population to 278, of which 132 now live in the wild in Arizona, California, and Baja California, Mexico. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Oakland Zoo Partners With Wildlife Group On Interactive Condor Camera

A solar-powered “condor cam” in the hills of Big Sur, on the Central California coast, allows the public to view North America’s largest birds in the wild from the comfort of home.

10/22/2013

A California condor. (AP)

Big Sur Condors Hurt By Banned Pesticide DDT

Condors were reintroduced to the rugged coast of Big Sur in 1997. Now, researchers say the banned pesticide DDT has harmed the birds’ ability to reproduce in the wild.

09/15/2013

The Pinnacles

Pinnacles National Monument Officially Becomes National Park

President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday making Pinnacles National Monument near Soledad the 59th national park in the U.S.

01/11/2013