Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Two more California Condors flying free

From a press release by The Peregrine Fund:

Two California Condor chicks fledged from their nests in the Grand Canyon in December, bringing the world’s population of endangered California Condors now flying free in the wild to 169. This is the first year that there are more condors flying free than are in captivity for breeding purposes.

“This shows that we are making real progress in bringing this ecologically significant bird back from the brink of extinction,” said Bill Heinrich, who oversees the condor recovery program for The Peregrine Fund, a Boise-based conservation organization for birds of prey. “I am thrilled that these two chicks appear to be doing well and I hope they will survive to become productive members of the flock.”
Fabulous news. Here's an update, posted in early November, about the condors in Arizona.

Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish & Game

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great News. I got to see a few of those condors when we were at the grand canyon last time. But better yet we got to see two condors up close in California several years ago on the Big Sur Coast along the Ridge Line. They were beautiful to watch soar free and wild. I can remember them being banded too.

December 16, 2008 7:30 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

That's nice news, though what caught my eye was the phrase "this ecologically significant species." As opposed to an ecologically insignificant species? There's something behind this defensive rhetorical pose, I'm sure....

December 16, 2008 8:07 PM  

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