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
In the meantime, the population of condors
in the wild continues to grow.
The soldiers' excitement about the condors
is reassuring to Olga Lucia Nunez, a biologist who roams the high peaks and deep valleys of these mountains, in Boyaca state in central Colombia, recruiting farmers, shepherds and, most recently, soldiers, in a broad effort to monitor and protect the birds.
simply disappeared, their carcasses unavailable for necropsy.
But things just got a little better for the' California condor
, thanks to legislation passed in November.
Once this process was understood, a chelation procedure was employed to remove the lead from the bodies of condors
before permanent damage to digestive nerve tissue occurred, but this information could only be gained by trapping birds and taking blood samples.
Before captive-bred condors
are ready for release, they must pass power pole aversion training.
State officials concerned about the fate of the world's last 144 wild condors
will consider two measures next week to compel hunters to use lead-free rounds.
The first half of the book traces the condor
's history: through the eyes of paleontologists, then through the reverential lore of California native tribes--complete with the uncomfortable fact that a passion for native headdresses made from dead condors
may have contributed to the vulture's decline.
Haven is part of a project involving conservationists in Ecuador and Wales.
A cliff-dwelling California condor
chick in Ventura County, Calif.