Right now, that debate is playing out with special urgency in Oregon in anticipation of arrival of California condors
With a wingspan of almost 10 feet, the California condor
(Gymnogyps californianus) is the largest land bird in North America, and with a lifespan of up to 60 years, is also one of the world's longest-living birds.
The worlds total population of endangered California Condors
numbers over 450 individuals, with more than half flying in the wilds of Arizona, Utah, California, and Mexico.
Freelance writer and photographer Chuck Graham lives one mountain range away from the Condor Trail, where he's spent much time photographing endangered California condors
Fatal lead toxicosis, resulting in death, has been reported extensively in California condors
(14,15) and is the primary reason for the wild population being unsustainable without extensive management.
In late 1984 and early 1985, six California condors
(Gymnogyps californianus) died in the wild, leaving just nine wild and 21 captive condors in the world.
weigh more than 25 pounds and have wingspans up to 10 feet.
Ammunition is the principal source of lead accumulated by California condors
re-introduced to the wild.
Zoo team members who monitored the health of the newly-hatched wild chicks, today you can see more than 300 California Condors
soaring above the Golden State.
The bill, known as the Ridley-Tree Condor Preservation Act, was enacted after scientists and environmental groups determined endangered California condors
were dying after ingesting bullet fragments from gut piles left by hunters.
That's why the next stop is Arizona, where NPCA and Defenders of Wildlife are hoping to push for similar legislation to protect California condors
reestablishing territory in the Grand Canyon.
Just 23 California condors
were alive 25 years ago, but thanks to a breeding program, the state's condor population has risen to 70, according to the U.
By the late 1980s the last 27 California condors
in existence were living at either the San Diego Zoo or the Los Angeles Zoo.
An afterword from the author tells readers about endangered species--there are only 200 California condors
left in the world--and encourages young people to look up more information about species conservation.
To date, the recovery program has overseen the release of approximately 111 birds in Arizona, California, and northern Baja California, making up nearly half of the total population of 219 California condors
in captivity and the wild.