California Condor

Gymnogyps californianus Order: Accipitriformes Family: Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Gymnogyps californianus Order: Accipitriformes Family: Cathartidae (New World Vultures)

In 1986, the last wild condor was removed from the wild to be treated for high blood lead levels. Thanks to captive breeding programs, condors are once again breeding in the wild, in California and in and near the Grand Canyon. For a while after birds were reintroduced, they weren’t “countable” by the American Birding Association, but now reintroduced endangered birds still requiring some intervention from humans to protect their small populations are countable again—not that any of this matters to anyone except competitive birders. The Ventana Wildlife Society monitors the California population. Laura’s best photos of this species were taken while she was attending the Monterey Bay Birding Festival and attended a field trip sponsored and led by the Ventana Wildlife Society.

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