Latest Condor Stories

2009-06-20 11:15:00

A rare California condor chick has hatched in Baja California on a cliff side, according to the San Diego Zoo. The zoo announced the hatching on Thursday. This is only the second time a condor chick has hatched since 2002 in Mexico, when the zoo reintroduced the endangered species to the area. In 2007 another chick hatched, but it disappeared a month later. The newest chick was immunized against West Nile virus when biologists rappelled down a 330 foot cliff to the nest...

2009-04-21 19:15:55

A California condor nest near Pinnacles National Monument is the first one documented in the region in more than 70 years, park officials say. Officials said a male condor released at the monument in 2004 apparently has paired with a 6-year-old female condor for breeding, KSBW-TV of Salinas, Calif., reported Tuesday. California condors were facing extinction and there had been no new condor nests known to have been found in the park in nearly 70 years before the 2003 reintroduction effort,...

2009-04-03 11:44:00

First Sales and Marketing Representation is in Canada SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Condor Airlines, Germany's largest leisure carrier, has chosen Discover the World Marketing for representation in Canada. Condor Airlines becomes the 33rd airline represented by Discover the World Marketing in its global network. Dr. Jens Boyd, Condor's Head of Distribution and International Sales said, "We will be operating seasonal scheduled flights from May to October on a twice weekly basis...

2008-09-03 15:00:22

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...

2008-08-31 21:00:15

By Paul Rogers Mercury News Biologists working to bring the California condor back from the brink of extinction plan to break ground next month to rebuild Big Sur facilities critical to the birds' recovery that were destroyed by wildfires in June. "I'm very optimistic. We managed to get by with only losing two birds. And we have had a great response from our donors. We are very focused,'' said Kelly Sorenson, executive director of the Ventana Wildlife Society, a non profit group that has...

2008-07-10 15:05:00

The fate of three condor chicks born in April in the wild are currently unknown. The chicks play a critical role in California's reintroduction of the threatened species, which have a low breeding rate and lay eggs only once every two years. One nest was in the fire's path, and flames had spoiled an aviary where captive chicks are held and trained before being released into the wild. "We have three mating condor pairs this year and three active nests that we are really concerned about. We...

2008-07-04 09:00:23

By The Bakersfield Californian Jul. 4--A lot of conservationists know exactly how I feel about the uncertainty over of the future of the California condor. Despite the fact that I am also a hunter, I too, am a conservationist, and hopefully, my writings have shown that I do care about our wildlife, their management and habitat restoration, as well as our own environment. The vast majority of other hunters also feel the way I do, and we consider ourselves the keepers of everyone else's...

2008-07-02 12:00:43

By Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 2--One rare California condor chick may be dead and two others are in areas too dangerous to be saved, as the Big Sur-based Basin fire creeps into their once-serene canyons. "It is horrible, but there is nothing we can do," said Kelly Sorenson of Ventana Wildlife Society, which monitors each bird along the vast central coast. Thick smoke thwarted an attempted rescue Tuesday morning. "We're just waiting, watching and hoping for...

2008-07-01 03:00:20

Conservationists say a new law may help save endangered California condors by keeping lead ammunition out of their habitats. The measure, which goes into effect Tuesday, will require hunters to use only non-lead ammunition in the habitats. The California Legislature passed the measure last year because condors were being poisoned by swallowing lead bullets or fragments when they feed on carcasses of animals shot with the ammunition, Defenders of Wildlife said. The group said more than 276...

2007-06-14 16:19:24

DENVER (AP) - The Denver Zoo has a newly hatched Andean condor, only the second condor to hatch at a zoo anywhere in the world over the past year, zoo officials said Thursday. The Denver condor, a male, hatched May 13. He and his parents are the zoo's only condors. Andean condors are an endangered species and came close to extinction in the 1970s, the zoo said. There are estimated to be only a few thousand of the giant birds in the wild, while 74 live in captivity in North America. When...

Latest Condor Reference Libraries

2005-06-14 08:40:46

Condor is the name for two species of bird in one of the vulture family. They are the largest flying land birds in the Western Hemisphere. The South American Condor (Vultur gryphus) inhabits the Andes Mountains. The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) inhabits the western coast of the United States. Although they are primarily scavengers, feeding on carrion, these species belong to the New World vulture family Cathartidae, related to storks and not closely related to Old World...

2005-06-02 11:23:58

Vultures are scavenging birds that feed mostly from carcasses of dead animals. Vultures are found in almost every continent. A particular characteristic of many vultures is their bald head, completely devoid of feathers. This is likely because a feathered head would become spattered with blood and other fluids, and thus be difficult to keep clean. Vultures fall into two groups. The Old World vultures belong to the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, Kites, buzzards and...

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