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  California Condor
Through captive breeding, California Condors have been reintroduced to the coastal mountains of south-central California and the Grand Canyon area of northern Arizona.
The California Condor’s diet consists of medium and large-sized dead mammals like cattle, sheep, deer, and horses in any state of decay.
California Condors are social birds and they spend a great deal of time feeding and roosting together.
www.peregrinefund.org /Explore_Raptors/vultures/cacondor.html   (338 words)

 The California Condor on the Colorado Plateau
California condors are among the largest flying birds in the world.
California Condors returned to the Colorado Plateau after at least a 72-year absence in December 1996 with the release of 6 birds at the Vermilion Cliffs on the Paria Plateau in northern Arizona.
There is evidence indicating that condors returned to the southwest as early as the 1700s in response to the introduction of large herds of cattle, horses, and sheep that replaced the extinct Pleistocene megafauna as a source of carrion.
www.cpluhna.nau.edu /Biota/california_condor.htm   (993 words)

 ScienceMaster - JumpStart - California Condor
The California condor, Gymnogyps californianus, is a member of the family Cathartidae, or "New World vultures." The closest living relative is the Andean condor, Vultur gryphus, which ranges the length of the Andes Mountains in South America.
Today condors are being reintroduced into the mountains of southern California north of the Los Angeles basin, in the Big Sur vicinity of the central California coast, and near the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Condors have been observed using their beak to remove foliage from trees to create better roosting sites, and manipulating rocks and other objects in caves to improve the nesting area.
www.sciencemaster.com /jump/life/condor.php   (1322 words)

 HCPB-California's Plants and animals
This adult male California condor, named Topatopa, hatched in the wild in Ventura County in 1966, but was found abandoned the next winter.
In 1987, the last wild condor was removed from the wild, and all 27 condors left in the world were being kept in breeding facilities at the Los Angeles Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
The condor population reached 103 in January 1996 (13 in the wild); reaching 147 in January 1999 (50 in the wild).
www.dfg.ca.gov /hcpb/species/t_e_spp/tebird/condor.shtml   (1348 words)

 California condor - Gymnogyps californianus: Center for Biological Diversity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Condors were so close to extinction in the mid-1980s that the last 22 wild condors were captured and an expensive captive-breeding program was initiated.
Condors have a high sensitivity to lead since, unlike other birds of prey, they do not tend to regurgitate foreign objects and keep bullet fragments and shot pellets in their system much longer, and they also absorb lead more quickly and excrete it less efficiently.
Condors remain completely dependent for their survival on an expensive, intrusive, and unsustainable de-leading program that has admirably saved many condors’ lives but has failed to address the cause of their imperilment.
www.biologicaldiversity.org /swcbd/species/condor/index.html   (1839 words)

 Wings of the Spirit: California Condor
California condor ceremonies have been lost in the mists of time, but there are adequate verbal accounts to provide some basis for understanding them.
California condor skins were also used to make skirts that were retained as important ritual objects by their native owners (Bates et.al.
Although not an exclusive habit, living California condors often adopt this pose when warming or drying their wings, thus it is possible to imagine it as a view born from actual observation.
www.parks.ca.gov /?page_id=23527   (2708 words)

 CNN.com - 3-year-old California condor found dead under power line - Dec. 1, 2002
A California condor released in the wild two years ago was found dead Saturday under a power line with burn marks on its feathers, wildlife officials said.
The condor that died Saturday was hatched in captivity and released in 2000.
California condors, the largest birds in North America with a 10-foot wingspan, nearly became extinct in the late 20th century as they lost habitat and suffered from human intrusions.
archives.cnn.com /2002/US/West/12/01/dead.condor.ap/index.html   (408 words)

 California Condor - Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota
The California condor is characterized by a fl body and wings with large triangular patches of white extending from the base of the underwing along the entire length of the leading edge.
By 1940, the range was reduced to the coastal mountains of southern California, with nesting occurring primarily in the chaparral-covered mountains of the Los Padres National Forest and foraging in the grasslands of the San Joaquin Valley.
The decline of the California condor coincided with the arrival of Europeans in the West.
www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu /raptor/info/Condor.html   (582 words)

 California Condor
Condors, the largest flying birds in North America, are monogamous and pair for life.
California condors are capable of reaching up to 60 years of age in the wild.
By about 1900, the condor population plummeted and was limited to southern California, due to many factors including loss of habitat, a low reproductive rate, poisoning, and shooting.
www.npca.org /wildlife_protection/wildlife_facts/condor.asp   (342 words)

 Species Monitoring - California Condor
The magnificent California Condor, among the rarest and most imperiled birds in the world, was famously rescued from the brink of extinction in the late 1900s.
Audubon members and chapters continued to push hard for federal action to reverse the condor's decline during the 1960s, and in 1971, the California Condor was included in the first round of animals protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Sadly, soon after the article appeared, one of the last condors born in the wild, AC-8, was shot and killed on Tejon Ranch, which again brought to light the ongoing need for public awareness of condors.
www.audubon.org /chapter/ca/ca/California_Condor.html   (1798 words)

 California Condor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The California Condor, Gymnogyps californianus is a species of bird in one of the vulture families.
Condors were released in 1991 and 1992 in California, and again in 1996 in Arizona near the Utah border.
An image of the California Condor, along with John Muir and Half Dome, appears on the California State quarter that was issued in January 2005.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/California_Condor   (1731 words)

 California Condor Recovery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Condors are members of New World vultures, Family Cathartidae, and are opportunistic scavengers that feed primarily on large dead mammals such as deer, elk, bighorn sheep, range cattle, and horses.
California condors are not sexually dimorphic like a majority of raptors, i.e., males and females are identical in size and plumage.
Reintroduction of captive bred condors began in 1992 in California, and 1996 in Arizona.
www.gf.state.az.us /w_c/california_condor.shtml   (1710 words)

 California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
California condors once on the brink of extinction, now are on the brink of recovery.
The California condor, Gymnogyps californianus, is a member of the family Ciconiidae, or "New World vultures." The closest living relative is the Andean condor, Vultur gryphus, found in South America.
Condors roost on large, trees or snags, or on isolated rocky outcrops and cliffs.
scienceviews.com /animals/condor.html   (1379 words)

 Audubon WatchList - California Condor
California Condors in the wild are apparently monogamous, and will stay with their breeding partner for years, if not for life.
The small population of California Condors living today exists only because of the efforts of the Condor Recovery Team, and their continued survival still depends on the success of the captive breeding and re-introduction programs.
Despite efforts to prevent condor chicks from imprinting on their human handlers (involving now famous condorlike puppets), the first groups of birds released in California were attracted to humans and human-made structures.
audubon2.org /webapp/watchlist/viewSpecies.jsp?id=56   (1643 words)

 NATURE. Critter Guide. Condor. | PBS
In the past, California condors lived throughout the United States, but by the 1940s, they were found only on the west coast.
California condors are scavengers, eating dead animals and carcasses left by hunters.
Condors are in the same family as vultures.
www.pbs.org /wnet/nature/critters/condor.html   (181 words)

 AMNH - Expedition : Endangered
When California condors were brought into zoos and bred in captivity, the young were fed by caretakers using hand puppets shaped like the heads of adult California condors.
Condors raised by this method and released into the wild were partly successfulÑthey did learn to hunt for food, but so far they have not bred.
Thirty years later, the domain of the California condor has shrunk to a few captive enclosures in southern California and Idaho, where teams of dedicated keepers and scientists continue to struggle to prevent its extinction.
www.amnh.org /nationalcenter/Endangered/condor/condor.html   (788 words)

 California Condor
California condors once on the brink of extinction,now are on the brink of recovery.
In 1992, the first captive bred condors were released into the Sespe Condor Sanctuary through the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge.
These captive bred condors have made great strides in regaining their place in the wild.They are now beginning to reproduce in the wild.
www.fws.gov /hoppermountain/cacondor   (95 words)

 Defenders of Wildlife - California Condor
The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is North America’s largest terrestrial bird, weighing up to 22 pounds with a wingspan of nine and a half feet.
Fortunately, California condors breed well in captivity and by 1991 a sufficient number of California condors had been produced to initiate a release program for the reestablishment of a wild population.
Reintroduction of California condors to the wild began on January 14, 1992, when two-captive-reared juveniles were released along with two juvenile Andean condors into the Sespe Condor Sanctuary in Ventura County, California.
www.defenders.org /wildlife/birds/calcondor.html   (531 words)

 Oregon Zoo Conservation: Condor Recovery Program
California condors have made a comeback to the Pacific Northwest.
The Oregon Zoo became the California Condor Recovery Program's fourth condor breeding facility on November 20, 2003, with the arrival of 12 of the highly endangered birds.
The California Condor Recovery Program is one of the highest-profile and most successful endangered species recovery efforts and Oregon Zoo is honored to participate.
www.oregonzoo.org /Condors/index.htm   (430 words)

 ANIMAL Teachers: Winged Ones: California Condor
As the largest flying Bird in North America, California Condor is a majestic Bird with a fl body and reddish bare head and neck.
For others, California Condor was a Thunder God, who created thunder with every beat of her wings and sent lightening bolts from her red eyes.
California Condor is a sister to Andean Condor.
funkman.org /animal/bird/californiacondor.html   (383 words)

 The Ducks' California Condor Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The California condor's wings spread to 9 1/2 feet, which makes it the largest bird of prey in North America.
In 1850, the condor could be found all along the coast of California and Oregon.
In the wild, the California condor would build its nest in areas between 1,600 to 6,500 feet high.
www.geocities.com /RainForest/Vines/9953/californiacondor.html   (269 words)

 Ventana Wildlife Society Condor Reintroduction
At the turn of the century, the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) population began to plummet after decades of wanton shooting and poisoning.
Read about the release of the white-tagged condors on April 5, 2001 and the release of the orange-tagged condors on March 4, 2000.
Condors historically used this region in the 1970's and evidence of nesting exists for Pinnacles National Monument dating back to 1898.
www.ventanaws.org /condors.htm   (563 words)

 California Condor
California Condor #253 landing on a rock column.
California Condors often perch at the edge of a rock column or on a high ledge.
A California Condor nest cave was located high on the face of the Vermilion Cliffs in 2004.
www.nearfamous.com /Pages/CaliforniaCondor.html   (572 words)

 California Condor Reintroduction Program in Big Sur California
These condor couples are still together this year, and there have been signs of interest in the opposite sex among the younger birds as well.
The condor's breeding coloration is beautiful, with a bright pink spot on the neck and purple-blue sides, as well as a brightening of the natural yellow and pink head.
Please note, that if you are fortunate enough to see a California condor, keep your voice down, you're your movements to a minimum and always maintain a distance of at least 100 feet to ensure that this splendid species remains wild.
www.bigsurcalifornia.org /condors.html   (3361 words)

 California Condor: Natural History Notebooks online from the Canadian Museum of Nature
By weight, the California Condor rivals the Andean Condor for the designation as the largest of all the species of condor.
With the expansion of settlement in the mid-1800s, its food supply was reduced and the principal source of carrion became domestic livestock.
The California Condor was probably never numerous, and its populations have been further reduced by food shortage, the poisoning of carcasses in predator control, and a naturally low reproductive rate.
www.nature.ca /notebooks/english/calicond.htm   (104 words)

 Introduction to the California Condor
This engaging book, written by two scientists who were intimately involved with the Condor conservation effort, tells the full story of the California Condor, from the bird's evolution and biology to its captive breeding and subsequent releases, and its uncertain future.
Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Condors suffered from a variety of stresses--from shooting to strychnine poisoning that was an inadvertent side effect of campaigns to exterminate wolves and grizzly bears from California.
Raptors of California, by Hans Peeters and Pam Peeters
www.ucpress.edu /books/pages/10092.html   (634 words)

 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: California Condor
California condors are one of the largest flying birds.
To make the hand-raised condors feel like they were being raised by their parents, the newly hatched chicks were fed and cared for using adult look-alike condor puppets.
California condors, who are scavengers by nature, often feed on these carcasses and unintentionally eat the lead fragments from the bullets.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-condor.html   (1138 words)

 Animal Encyclopedia: California Condor
If that sounds hard, well...it is. It takes a year for young condors to sharpen their soaring skills.
The California condor is a vulture, a type of bird recognizable by his big size and bald head.
And like his vulture cousins, the California condor chows down on carrion.
www.animaland.org /asp/encyclopedia/californiacondor.asp   (181 words)

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