September 3, 2008

California Condor Recovery Speaker Coming to Bates

LEWISTON - A wildlife scientist at the San Diego Zoo will talk about a project to save the California condor from extinction at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bates College.

Michael Wallace will talk about the California Condor Recovery Program in Carnegie Science Hall, Room 204. The presentation, sponsored by the Stanton Bird Club and Bates College, is free and open to the public.

The last California condor was captured in 1987, when only 27 of the birds remained on Earth. The condor population had plummeted due to development, hunting, stolen eggs, electrocution from power lines and poison.

In the years since, the birds have been bred in captivity and have slowly and steadily recovered. With no condors left in the wild, scientists had to breed the birds and teach them how to be condors before being released. Today, the California condor population is more than 300, the result of a massive multiagency effort organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Wallace, a Maine native, coordinates the California Condor Recovery Program and is condor recovery team leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has participated in numerous field research projects throughout North and South America and has extensive experience in techniques for wildlife capture, marking and census.

For more information, contact Stan DeOrsey at [email protected] or 933- 2266.

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