What is a “Nonessential Experimental” California Condor?

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Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently proposed reintroducing California Condors in the Pacific Northwest. Although sometimes thought of a bird of the Southwest, the condor’s historical range reaches as far north as British Columbia. In 1806, Lewis and Clark saw condors near the Columbia River, which makes up much of the Washington-Oregon border. But condors have not been in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The U.S.

Contemplating California Condors

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The newest bird on the brink to capture her fertile imagination is the California Condor, on which she graciously shares her research and ruminations: Sometimes as a writer you recognize there’s been something overlooked in your midst—something quietly abiding. The World Center for Birds of Prey ( The Peregrine Fund ) in Boise, Idaho, most famous for its Peregrine Falcons , also has a vital population of California condors.

Bird Litigation: Hindsight and the California Condor

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As many birders know, the last wild California Condors were captured by the U.S. FWS began releasing captive-bred condors from the program into the wild in the early 1990s, with considerable success: once down to 22 birds, there are now approximately 275 wild condors in California, Arizona, Utah, and Baja California, as well as 165 in captivity. It sought an injunction preventing FWS from capturing the last five wild condors.

Birding La Brea

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Condors, of course. California Condors , La Brea Condors , and the Merriam’s Giant Condor — a magnificent bird even in death. And a few victims are birds that just came down to drink at the wrong place and the wrong time, birds like Passenger Pigeons and California Turkeys , and also birds like Great Horned Owls and American Goldfinch. La Brea Condor. Birding California California Condor condors la brea

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Migration and More: A Bird News Update

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Can California Condors be taught to avoid the dangers of power lines ? News Audubon Bahamas California Condor Egypt European Kestrel geolocator Ghana International Bird Rescue logging migration power lines Prothonotary Warbler September 11th Tribute in LightWith fall migration well underway everywhere, it’s a good time to see what’s flying in bird news.

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“Condors over Cologne” – Rogue Ales & Spirits: Condor Kolsch

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Following passage of the United States Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966, the California Condor ( Gymnogyps californianus ) was among the first 75 species listed for protection, the so-called “Class of 1967”. Beset by poaching by cattle ranchers, habitat loss, DDT, and lead poisoning (from consuming shotgun pellets embedded in the condor’s carrion fare), populations of this enormous New World vulture fell into a serious decline in the twentieth century.

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The Beautiful and Colorful Mourning Dove

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Reduces the risk of harming other wildlife, particularly Eagles and Condors, from getting sick and dying from lead consumption. More links to information on the laws and benefits of using non-lead ammo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife , New York State Department of Environmental Conservation , The Peregrine Fund , Cabela’s. Birds Conservation Bald Eagle California Condor doves gamebird hunting Mourning Dove non-lead ammunition

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More Dead Condors

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Must we wait until every released California Condor is dead before fully banning lead ammunition for hunting? Three more are dead and three more have been taken into captivity, treated and released after suffering lead poisoning. Asides

Another Effort to Ban Hunting with Lead Bullets

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In California, where there is already a ban to protect released California Condors , the Ventana Wildlife Society is giving away non-lead ammunition with the hope that it will encourage hunters to follow the law. You’d think it would be a no-brainer but sadly hunters are resistant to a lead-bullet ban. Over a hundred organizations have again petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to ban lead in hunting – a move opposed by many hunting groups.

Sand Point Family Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon (2015 Lodi Appellation)

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But only two states have more than one bird named for them: Hawaii and California, with nine and seven extant and eponymous species, respectively. Considering all the birds named for the Aloha State are Hawaiian endemics, while none of those named for California are restricted in range to the Golden State, California made out pretty well in the bird-naming sweepstakes. My first California Quail in California, at Point Reyes National Seashore in October 2017.

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National Audubon Society Birds of North America: A Guide Review

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The National Audubon Society Birds of North America covers all species seen in mainland United States, Canada and Baja California. Audubon guides to birds have been around since 1946.

Endangered Birds: 50th Anniversary for the Class of 1967

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The class also includes some of the most iconic endangered birds, including the California Condor, Whooping Crane, and Puerto Rican Parrot. California Condor – Gymnogyps californianus. Before the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), there was the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966. The first list of U.S. endangered species was issued on March 11, 1967, under the earlier law, and those listings were ultimately grandfathered into the ESA.

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Justified and Ancient

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But the Macasphalt (or APAC) shell pit just east of Sarasota, Florida contains plenty of vertebrates as well – the mortal remains of the extinct (various species of kingfisher and duck and gull, Titanis walleri ), the extirpated ( California Condor, Southern Lapwing ), and a few species that are still well-known and well-loved in Florida today.

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What is the National Bird of Columbia?

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I love condors and vultures. Columbia has chosen one of the world’s most massive flying species as its national bird: the Andean Condor. Andean Condor. In terms of coloration, National Geographic describes the Andean Condors as “mostly black, but males have a distinctive white ‘collar’ around their necks and some white markings on their wings as well. Like their relatives, the California condors, Andean condors have bald heads.”

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I and the Bird: What is a Vulture?

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The unrivaled aerial champions of the Americas have to be the two species of Condor, the one-time almost nearly extinct California Condor and the truly massive Andean Condor. The California Condor has a story well-known by anyone with an interest in birds. In the 70s, with the survival of the species in jeopardy, the entire wild population was captured and brought into a captive breeding program in southern California.

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On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

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When I was asked if I wanted to read Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS (Rodale 2009) I was ambivalent. I know he's a conservationist, therefore I know he will advocate for "managing" the "resources" that are sentient nonhumans. And managing means killing them, breeding them, and otherwise fiddling with their populations. This is all very unveganly, but I went for it nevertheless.

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The Once and Future Oriole

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Not so much of the Bullock’s, because everything outside of New York, and especially everything in the vague space in my mind labelled “Out West” – past, say, Cleveland Ohio, a land of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, California Condors, Lazuli Buntings, and Green Jays , all equally impossibly exotic – might as well have been Phoenicia. I can’t possibly remember when the Baltimore and Bullock’s Orioles were lumped into Northern Oriole.

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Endangered and Unknown: Black-hooded Antwren

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There are many charismatic endangered birds that capture people’s hearts and imaginations: the colossal California Condor , the evocative Red-crowned Crane , and the adorable Spoon-billed Sandpiper come to mind. However, there are those species which have a hard time bringing attention to themselves such as Yellow-shouldered Blackbird , Giant Nuthatch , and Vinaceous-breasted Parrot.

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When Birds Are Near: Dispatches From Contemporary Writers

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There are owls in New York City. Big owls: Barred Owls on Riverside Drive and down the path from Harlem Meer, a Great Horned Owl in Central Park’s Ramble.

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Hey, What About the Great Auk?

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And oh crap, you guys, we really have to do something about the California Condor situation right now, but what? Everything was going to be extinct – the condors, the whales, the Whooping Cranes , the elephants and tigers, the whole shebang, and that was even if we didn’t get nuked. So as some folks may have noticed, it seems that the centenniel of the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction is garnering a bit of press. Good, I say.

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Listening to Falcons: The Peregrines of Tom Cade

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such as California Condors and Passenger Pigeons. His parents moved where opportunity beckoned, taking him from San Angelo, Texas, to Columbus, New Mexico, then to Dallas, and finally on to California. ” He reported seeing nest sites that were disappearing in California and eggs left unhatched in the nest or prematurely broken, all signs that later came to be associated with the pesticide DDT. Author Sherrida Woodley thinks deeply about dearly departed birds.

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Raimat Saira Albariño (2017)

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Birds and Booze News: Night Lizard Brewery in Santa Barbara, California is making news with its commitment to environmental activism, as related in this article in the Antioch University Odyssey. The brewery names each of its beers after endangered species of California’s Central Coast, including the California Gnatcatcher ( Polioptila californica ) and Scripp’s Murrelet ( Synthliboramphus scrippsi ).

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The American White Pelican Scoops Up Fish As It Swims

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With an 8 to 9 1/2 foot wingspan and weighing in at up to 30 pounds, it rivals the California Condor for size and weight. The American White Pelican ( Pelecanus erythrorhynchos ) is a huge bird! They occur mainly in western and southern portions of North America, breeding inland in colonies on remote islands and wintering along warm southern coasts 1. Large flocks of these amazing birds are sometimes seen gracefully flying overhead in formation or soaring high on thermals.

Endangered and Unknown: Red-billed Curassow

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There are many charismatic endangered birds that capture people’s hearts and imaginations: the colossal California Condor , the evocative Red-crowned Crane , and the adorable Spoon-billed Sandpiper come to mind. However, there are those species which have a hard time bringing attention to themselves such as Yellow-shouldered Blackbird , Giant Nuthatch , and Vinaceous-breasted Parrot.

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Endangered and Unknown: Pale-headed Brush-Finch

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There are many charismatic endangered birds that capture people’s hearts and imaginations: the colossal California Condor , the evocative Red-crowned Crane , and the adorable Spoon-billed Sandpiper come to mind. However, there are those species which have a hard time bringing attention to themselves such as Yellow-shouldered Blackbird , Giant Nuthatch , and Vinaceous-breasted Parrot.

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Common Moorhens at Hannover Zoo

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People who enjoy California Condors will also enjoy baby moorhens. The Common Moorhen still is in Germany what its name implies: common. Well, it is rather common and can even be scarce regionally, but overall it is not a difficult bird to find in Germany so long as a cunning birder frequents reedy wetlands. However, those populations in natural habitats take their rallid heritage quite seriously and are far more often heard than seen.

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Corporate Branding of Birds for Conservation: A Modest Proposal

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” “The California Condor ?” I’d learned a lot since the last time I sat in a meeting room even close to this fancy. Mostly, don’t steal breath mints. I’m still full of good ideas, though.

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The Ole’ Bucket List

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California Condor. Well, this time next week I’ll be winging my way to Cape Town via Auckland and Singapore (air transport is weird sometimes), so this is my last beat post of the year. As New Zealand’s beat writer I think I’ve done an okay job of discussing the birding of an entirely different island for most of the year, so it’s only fair that I keep that winning streak going by talking about my target for the trip.

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The Last Few Rays Before Extinction

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She’s contemplated California Condors here before, but Passenger Pigeons seem to resonate most with her. Author Sherrida Woodley thinks deeply about dearly departed birds. The extinct American pigeon plays a pivotal role in her award-winning bio-thriller, Quick Fall of Light and occupies Sherri still, as you can see… . Every now and then I let myself fantasize about the wildest thought of all—about Passenger Pigeons.

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Beat on Assignment

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South of the city you’ll find rich birding around the Bay and further afield you’ll reach the soaring California Condors of Big Sur and Pinnacles. Please give a warm welcome to Walter Kitundu, the latest addition to the bevy of beat writers on 10,000 Birds. Walter first came to our attention on 10,000 Birds when he made a comment here – and are we ever glad he did! He is an excellent photographer and his blog, Bird Light Wind , is well worth a visit.

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The Traveling Birder

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Although not a birding trip, before we moved from San Francisco to Portland, my wife and I did a long road trip across the United States, covering 12,000 miles and 34 states, from California to Florida to Maine to Montana. I’ve also been on pelagic birding trips on both coasts, out of Half Moon Bay and Monterey, California; Newport, Oregon; and Hatteras, North Carolina. Another is California Condor in the Grand Canyon.).

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15 Years: Things Will Never Be The Same

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Yellow-billed Magpie populations took a big hit when the West Nile Virus reached California’s Central Valley in 2004. For example, in California, populations of birds like Aleutian Cackling Goose have dramatically increased…but where did our Fulvous Whistling-Ducks go? We have more California Condors , Bald Eagles , and Peregrine Falcons , but there seem to be less Spotted Owls , Burrowing Owls , Sooty Shearwaters. Hello my birding sons and daughters.

2013 59

Hawks In Flight, Second edition: A Review of a New Version of a Birding Classic

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The new edition adds 11 species, birds such as Zone-tailed Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk, and California Condor that are only seen in specific areas of North America. If it’s October, then it is time to look up. Look up for migrants, look up for confusing fall warblers, but, most of all, look up for hawks. And, then you see it, a large shape with wings stretched out, gliding on a thermal. High, very high, too high to see any colors.

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Collaborative List – July 2019

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California Quail – Callipepla californica. California Gull – Larus californicus. California Condor – Gymnogyps californianus. California Scrub-Jay – Aphelocoma californica. During July, 11 beats birded 11 countries (USA, UK, Australia, Spain, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Japan, UAE, Mexico, China and Saudi Arabia) and submitted 82 checklists. They accounted for 562 species at this sluggish time of year.

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Hitting the hot spots on the Baja.

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The next morning was completely different, as we had the whole place to ourselves, us along with Western Gulls, California Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls , and couple of Snowy Plovers. I had gotten a tip, that just below the observatory, above San Telmo De Abajo, is a feeding station, and protection area for the local California Condors. Then drive the remaining 30 miles + or – up the steep hills to see the condors. The condors would have to what for another day.

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