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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. But condors have not been in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century.

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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. Audubon thought there should be some wild condors to serve as “guide birds” for condors that would eventually be released from the captive breeding program. Photos : California Condors 1 , 2 , 3 by Pacific Southwest Region USFWS.

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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. My first view of them was at a distance.

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Feather Trails: A Journey of Discovery Among Endangered Birds–A Book Review

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Osborn, a passionate field biologist who participates to the core of her being three re-introduction projects aimed at saving three very different, endangered species: Peregrine Falcon, Hawaiian Crow (‘Alala)*, and California Condor. As of 2024, the ‘Alala are extinct in the wild though they live on in captivity.

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When is a Vulture Not a Vulture?

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Alas, although I was once a California boy, I have never seen a California Condor. Here in Mexico, I can almost always count on Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures to pad each outing’s list by two species. Occasionally I have been lucky enough to see Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures in tropical Mexico.

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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 ? Prothonotary Warblers (like the dapper bird above captured for posterity by Corey) should carry frequent-flier cards—a recent Audubon-led study found that one geolocator-toting individual racked up more than 5,000 miles in eight months.

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A Birder’s Guide to U.S. Federal Public Lands

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California Condors rely on Pinnacles , Grand Canyon , and Zion national parks, as well as Bitter Creek and Hopper Mountain NWRs. The Laysan Duck is found on only two remote Hawaiian atolls, both NWRs. Spotted Owls depend on old growth forests, largely in national forests and parks in the Pacific Northwest.