Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 25, 2022

The inspiring comeback of the California condor 

The Guardian reports on the recovery efforts to save the California Condor

Despite being the largest flying bird in North America, with a wingspan of up to three metres, you would have been hard pushed to see a California condor in the wild in the 1980s. In a last-ditch effort to save the birds, after decades of persecution and population collapse, the few remaining were captured in 1987 for a multimillion-dollar intensive conservation programme.

Today, there are more than 200 in the wild, and local people are already starting to notice. In May 2021, about 10% of the entire population of the birds in the Golden State decided to roost on a woman’s home in Tehachapi, southern California, damaging her decking with “concrete-like” excrement, an incident that went viral on Twitter when her daughter posted photos.

Read more and see photos at  Top-flight recovery: the inspiring comeback of the California condor | Conservation | The Guardian


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