During WWII, the Condor
filled the Luftwaffe's need for a long-range aircraft that could intercept and take out the surface shipping traffic that was proving so vital to the Allied war effort and sustaining Great Britain as it defended itself against Germany's terrible aerial assaults while preparing for the water-borne invasion its leaders knew Hitler was planning.
Caption: Below left: California condors
; below right: Flowers along the Condor
Trail near Big Sur
While significant progress in reestablishing wild condor
populations has been made since 1992, when the reintroduction of captive-bred condors
to the wild began, conservation challenges--" most notably lead poisoning--" remain.
The only time he takes aim is when the condors
knife through the sky and he snaps their picture.
are obligate scavengers, and their early decline corresponded with the loss of the Pleistocene megafauna some 10 000 years ago.
That's why the next stop is Arizona, where NPCA and Defenders of Wildlife are hoping to push for similar legislation to protect California condors
reestablishing territory in the Grand Canyon.
Legislation passed in California in 1905 made it illegal to kill condors
or collect their eggs.
Each region will have 150 condors
with at least 15 breeding pairs and another 150 birds in captive breeding facilities.
Of 17 wild condors
treated at the zoo this year, nine were treated for dangerous levels of the heavy metal, zoo officials said.
hatched and raised in captivity, and released into a now foreign and non-sustaining wilderness, really soar as their ancestors did?
Haven is part of a project involving conservationists in Ecuador and Wales.
A cliff-dwelling California condor
chick in Ventura County, Calif.